Author: Chris Harlan


Avonworth head coach Jeff Bywalski pleads his case with the home plate umpire after Neumann-Goretti first baseman Anthony Coppola bobbled a throw during the fourth inning of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Penn State.
Avonworth says disputed call in PIAA finals shifted momentum in 12-0 loss to Neumann-Goretti
June 14, 2024
STATE COLLEGE — Every bit of momentum was on Neumann-Goretti’s side when Andrew Dankanich bounced a game-ending grand slam off the left-field foul pole, handing Avonworth a 12-0 loss in five innings.

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Eden Christian senior Carter Cropper accepts the state runner-up trophy after the PIAA Class A state championship game against Faith Christian on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Penn State.
Eden Christian falls to undefeated Faith Christian in PIAA Class A final
STATE COLLEGE — One imperfect inning dashed Eden Christian’s thoughts of playing the spoiler.

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Indiana’s Trevor Smith walks from the field as Holy Ghost players celebrate their walk-off win in the PIAA Class 4A championship game Thursday at Penn State.
Indiana’s 1st appearance in PIAA baseball finals ends with walk-off loss to Holy Ghost Prep
June 13, 2024
STATE COLLEGE — Indiana reached the state finals for the first time, but like the WPIAL championship two weeks earlier, the Little Indians again watched someone else celebrate.

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Eden Christian’s Brady Hull rounds third and heads home on an RBI double by Caleb Emswiler in a PIAA Class A semifinal against Saegertown on Monday at Slippery Rock.
PIAA Class A baseball championship preview: Eden Christian vs. Faith Christian
The PIAA baseball championships return Thursday and Friday to Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, where the games have been held since 2011.

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Avonworth’s Brandon Sapolsky doubles against Punxsutawney during the first inning of their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Monday, June 10, 2024, in Homer City.
PIAA Class 3A baseball championship preview: Avonworth vs. Neumann-Goretti
The PIAA baseball championships return Thursday and Friday to Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, where the games have been held since 2011.

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Indiana’s Charlie Manzi celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against North Catholic during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game May 29 at Wild Things Park.
PIAA Class 4A baseball championship preview: Indiana vs. Holy Ghost Prep
June 12, 2024
The PIAA baseball finals return Thursday and Friday to Penn State, the state championship host since 2011.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas celebrates after scoring in a state playoff game in Midland.
WPIAL basketball standout Meleek Thomas leaving Lincoln Park for Overtime Elite pro league
June 11, 2024
WPIAL basketball standout Meleek Thomas is leaving Lincoln Park to join Overtime Elite, a professional league and academy for 16- to 20-year-olds based in Atlanta.

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Avonworth’s Brandon Sapolsky celebrates his lead-off double against Punxsutawney during their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Monday, June 10, 2024, in Homer City.
Avonworth reaches 1st PIAA championship game after fast start in state semifinal
June 10, 2024
HOMER CITY — Extra-inning wins had become Avonworth’s specialty in these playoffs, but the Antelopes weren’t waiting around this time.

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North Allegheny pitcher David Posey smiles after receiving his gold medal from head coach Andrew Heck after pitching a no-hitter in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Acclaimed senior class accomplished plenty for North Allegheny baseball
June 8, 2024
The worst day for any high school baseball coach is cut day, says North Allegheny’s Andrew Heck. That’s when the roster gets whittled down before the season opener.

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North Allegheny’s James Meeker and Brandon Bergstrom celebrate after the Tigers defeated Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Wednesday May 29, 2013 at Consol Energy Field.
Former WPIAL, Wild Things player James Meeker gets MLB call-up from Brewers
June 7, 2024
Former WPIAL baseball player James Meeker, a North Allegheny graduate who got his professional start with the Washington Wild Things, was called up to the major leagues Friday for the first time.

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Neshannock center fielder Jaidon Nogay makes a diving catch against Bentworth during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Cal (Pa.).
PIAA announces semifinal sites, times for 2024 state softball playoffs
Neshannock and Laurel won’t travel far for the next round of the PIAA softball playoffs and neither will Chartiers-Houston or Carmichaels.

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Avonworth’s Alex Rowe makes a running catch in right field against Fairview during their PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Slippery Rock.
PIAA releases semifinal sites, times for 2024 state baseball playoffs
WPIAL baseball teams Avonworth, Eden Christian and Indiana learned the site and time of their state semifinal games when the PIAA released the schedule Friday.

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Seneca Valley starting pitcher Lexie Hames throws against Norwin during the WPIAL 6A softball championship Friday, May 31, 2024 at Lilley Field.
Seneca Valley’s Lexie Hames named Gatorade Pa. Softball Player of the Year
Seneca Valley pitcher Lexie Hames was named Gatorade Pennsylvania Softball Player of the Year on Friday, making her the first WPIAL athlete to win the award in six years.

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Avonworth catcher Mason Metz hugs pitcher Carson Franc after defeating Fairview in their PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal on Thursday at Slippery Rock University.
Unlikely hero pitches unsinkable Avonworth to another extra-innings win
June 6, 2024
Carson Franc kept working on his pitches and believing his time on the mound could come, despite having thrown very few innings all season.

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North Hills lineman Jamar Allen works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Ross.
WPIAL rules Aliquippa rising junior ineligible following transfer from North Hills
Aliquippa’s Jamar Allen, an all-conference football player who transferred from North Hills, was ruled ineligible Thursday by the WPIAL.

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Elizabeth Forward pitcher Shelby Telegdy delivers against Hampton during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Cal.
PIAA releases quarterfinal sites, times for 2024 state softball playoffs
June 4, 2024
The PIAA has announced sites and times for the the state softball quarterfinals with 10 WPIAL teams still in contention for a title.

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Bethel Park’s Noah Lejeune celebrates with Kaden Flambard (2) and Ethan Stanhoff after defeating Trinity, 11-1, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
PIAA announces quarterfinal sites, times for 2024 state baseball playoffs
The PIAA has announced sites and times for the next round of the state baseball playoffs with only eight WPIAL teams having survived to reach the quarterfinals.

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Upper St. Clair’s Mason Chambers (5) looks for space to run on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at Peters Township High School.
Football committee will choose wild card teams under new WPIAL postseason format
The WPIAL has finalized its postseason plans for next football season and on Tuesday revealed a new system for choosing wild card teams.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes sprints down the sideline for a second-quarter touchdown against Mars during the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Nov. 17, 2023, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL releases updated football schedules with Aliquippa returning to 4A
The WPIAL released updated football schedules Tuesday that put defending state champion Aliquippa back in Class 4A for next season, but that move also affected about two dozen other schools.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields delivers against North Allegheny during the first inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Mt. Lebanon senior David Shields named Gatorade Pa. Baseball Player of the Year
Mt. Lebanon senior David Shields, a talented left-handed pitcher and outfielder, was named Monday as the Gatorade Pennsylvania Baseball Player of the Year.

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Wilson starting pitcher Matt VanOstenbridge celebrates after the last out after a one-hit effort to beat North Allegheny during PIAA 6A first round baseball play off action Monday, June 3, 2024 at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny pins PIAA loss on tough Wilson lefty, not ‘WPIAL hangover’
June 3, 2024
North Allegheny coach Andrew Heck could’ve blamed his team’s state playoff loss on the dreaded WPIAL hangover, but instead credited the craftiness of a left-hander who threw a one-hitter.

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Knoch’s Jordan Geist won the gold medal in the shot put at the 2017 PIAA Class 3A championships.
Olympic hopeful Jordan Geist of Knoch headlines WPIAL Hall of Fame class
June 1, 2024
Jordan Geist, who smashed records as a high school thrower for Knoch’s track team, caught a mid-week flight home from Europe so he could be inducted Friday night into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

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The WPIAL hall of fame class of 2024.
Olympic hopeful Jordan Geist of Knoch headlines WPIAL Hall of Fame class
May 31, 2024
Jordan Geist, who smashed records as a high school thrower for Knoch’s track team, caught a mid-week flight home from Europe so he could be inducted Friday night into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

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Avonworth’s Mason Metz scores the go-ahead run against Riverside during the 14th inning of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA announces 1st round sites, times for 2024 baseball playoffs
Plum and Seneca Valley will host doubleheaders Monday in the first round of the PIAA baseball playoffs.

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North Allegheny pitcher David Posey hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with his teammates after pitching a no-hitter to defeat Mt. Lebanon in the Class 6A final on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
North Allegheny’s David Posey turns tables, no-hits Mt. Lebanon for WPIAL Class 6A baseball title
May 29, 2024
David Posey wasn’t the starting pitcher drawing no-hit talk before the WPIAL finals, yet the North Allegheny senior walked off the mound at Wild Things Park with a zero on the scoreboard.

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Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields celebrates with teammates at the dugout after scoring against Seneca Valley during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
2024 WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship preview: Mt. Lebanon vs. North Allegheny
2024 WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship

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Avonworth pitcher Cooper Scharding is mobbed by teammates after defeating Riverside in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wild Things Park.
Avonworth dethrones Riverside in marathon 14-inning WPIAL Class 3A title game
May 28, 2024
A 14-inning game in the WPIAL finals is almost unthinkable, but Avonworth catcher Mason Metz thought the outcome might go down as the biggest surprise from Tuesday night’s marathon.

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North Catholic’s Tommy Koroly hits a solo home against Kiski Area on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at No Offseason Sports.
2024 WPIAL Class 4A baseball championship preview: North Catholic vs. Indiana
2024 WPIAL Class 4A baseball championship

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Fort Cherry sprinters (left to right) Matt Sieg, Shane Cornali, Tegan Henke and Dylan Wudkwych won the Class 2A boys 400-meter relay Saturday at the PIAA track championships.
Fort Cherry relay team wins PIAA gold after coming close in football, basketball
May 26, 2024
SHIPPENSBURG — Before the state track championships started, Fort Cherry’s relay team of Dylan Wudkwych, Tegan Henke, Shane Cornali and Matt Sieg got a text from the school’s basketball coach.

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Hampton’s Dale Hall atop the medal stand after winning the 800 meters at the PIAA 3A Track and Field Championship Saturday, May 25, 2024 at Shippensburg University.
Hampton’s Dale Hall golden again, but in a different event, at PIAA meet
SHIPPENSBURG — Hampton’s Dale Hall won a state title in the 800 meters Saturday at the PIAA track championship, a year after winning gold in the 1,600 meters.

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Avonworth/Northgate’s Hayzes Robinson (25), Winchester Thurston’s Monroe Law (589) and Greensburg Central Catholic’s Eva Denis (230) run in the 100 at the PIAA Class 2A Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Avonworth/Northgate sprinter Hayzes Robinson joins sisters’ tradition with PIAA gold in 100
SHIPPENSBURG — Winning gold medals at Seth Grove Stadium is somewhat of a tradition for the Robinson sisters, one that Hayzes was more than excited to join Saturday.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith and Ringgolds’ Ryan Pajak pace past the pack in the boys 3200m during the PIAA 3A Track and Field Championship Saturday, May 25, 2024 at Shippensburg University.
Butler’s Drew Griffith breaks PIAA championship record in 3,200, but national mark must wait
May 25, 2024
SHIPPENSBURG — Drew Griffith won his second PIAA gold medal and broke a state championship record Saturday, but unlike a day earlier, the Butler star didn’t take a run at any national marks.

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Freeport’s Michael Braun takes third in the Class 2A 3,200 during the PIAA Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Freeport’s Michael Braun adds 2nd state medal to his collection
SHIPPENSBURG — After crossing the finish line at Seth Grove Stadium, distance runners are ushered to the infield turf where they can go in a few different directions.

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Mohawk’s Jaxon Schoedel wins the Class 2A 3,200 during the PIAA Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Cross country champion Jaxon Schoedel of Mohawk adds PIAA title in 3,200 meters
SHIPPENSBURG — Mohawk’s Jaxon Schoedel was stuck in a slow heat for the 1,600 meters a day earlier, but the 3,200 meters had everybody in one big group Saturday.

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Pine-Richland’s Nadia Constantakis finished as the runner-up in girls pole vault at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships Friday, May 24, 2024, at Shippensburg University.
Pine-Richland pole vaulter Nadia Constantakis uses gymnastics skills to place 2nd at states
SHIPPENSBURG — Lifelong gymnast Nadia Constantakis remembers being a newcomer to the Pine-Richland track team, working out with the sprinters and having a revelation.

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Ringgold’s Ryan Pajak finishes second and Fox Chapel’s Rowan Gwin fourth in the boys 1,600 meters during the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships Friday at Shippensburg University.
Fox Chapel’s Rowan Gwin part of dominant showing for WPIAL in 1,600 at PIAA championships
May 24, 2024
SHIPPENSBURG — Fox Chapel’s Rowan Gwin wasn’t at Seth Grove Stadium last year for the state track championships, but his mind was.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith celebrates as he wins the 1,600 meters in a national-record time during the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships Friday at Shippensburg University.
Butler’s Drew Griffith breaks national 1,600-meter record at PIAA track championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Butler’s Drew Griffith has won big races all over the country this year, including one a few weeks ago at the iconic Penn Relays, but the Butler star arrived Friday at Seth Grove Stadium having never won there.

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Canon McMillan’s Rose Kuchera wins the WPIAL 3A girls 100m hurdles during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Slippery Rock University.
Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera looks to end decorated high school career with PIAA gold medal
May 23, 2024
Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera is traveling this week to the state track championships where the senior needs just one more medal to complete her triple jump collection.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield takes the field with his team before the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Aliquippa football staying in Class 4A after judge issues preliminary injunction against PIAA
Aliquippa will remain in Class 4A football next season, a Beaver County judge ruled Thursday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brody Hoffman scores against Fox Chapel during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gateway.
WPIAL sets championship, consolation schedule for 2024 baseball playoffs
May 22, 2024
The WPIAL has set its championship and consolation schedule for the baseball playoffs with games May 28-29 in Washington.

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North Allegheny pinch hitter Michael Hershberger bats on March 28.
Pinch hitter comes through in extra innings to send North Allegheny past Pine-Richland in WPIAL semifinals
North Allegheny’s Michael Hershberger is a hitter always eager for opportunities, said his coach, who called on the junior in a big spot Tuesday night.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Hunter Brown celebrates after defeating Fox Chapel, 2-0, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford squeezes past Fox Chapel in another tight game between section rivals
May 20, 2024
After splitting a pair of one-run games in section play, the WPIAL lined up Fox Chapel and Penn-Trafford for a playoff rubber match that was almost as tight.

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WPIAL chooses new board president for 2024-25 school year
The WPIAL board ushered in a new group of officers Monday with Peters Township athletic director Brian Geyer selected to serve as president.

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Ayden Owens-Delerme, of Puerto Rico, wins heat two of the men’s decathlon 400 meters race followed by Harrison Williams, right, of the United States, and Johannes Erm, of Estonia, during the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
North Allegheny to induct decorated class into school’s Athletics Hall of Fame
May 18, 2024
Former WPIAL track standout Ayden Owens-Delerme, a qualifier for this summer’s Olympic Games, was among 13 individuals selected for induction into the North Allegheny Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Aliquippa coach Mike Warfield celebrates with Tikey Hayes late in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against McKeesport on Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
Beaver County judge to decide if Aliquippa football moves to Class 5A or stays in 4A
May 17, 2024
After three days of testimony in a Beaver County courtroom, attorneys for Aliquippa and the PIAA used their closing arguments to paint a contentious competitive-balance rule in drastically different ways.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the Class 3A 1,600 meters during the WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday at Slippery Rock University.
Distance-running power couple shatters records at WPIAL championships
May 16, 2024
There’s probably not much that makes Butler’s Drew Griffith too nervous at a track meet nowadays, but watching Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter run could be on that list.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith wins the Class 3A 1,600 during the WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday at Slippery Rock University.
After rain halts WPIAL meet, Butler’s Drew Griffith doesn’t mind waiting to make more history
May 15, 2024
Butler’s Drew Griffith ran the 1,600 meters in record time at the WPIAL track and field championships and then waited around for hours as it rained off and on.

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Imani Christian’s RJ Sledge carries the state championship trophy from the court with teammates after defeating Berlin Brothersvalley, 79-52, in the the PIAA Class A final on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA sets 2025-28 state championship sites for basketball, wrestling, swimming
Giant Center in Hershey will continue to host the state basketball and individual wrestling championships for the next four years, and swimming and diving is staying at Bucknell.

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Shenango’s Joseph Campoli reacts after crossing home plate during Shenango’s playoff game against Valley on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at North Allegheny High School.
No. 12 Shenango credits strength of its section after upset win over No. 5 Valley
Shenango was the underdog on paper as a fourth-place finisher from one section facing the champion of another.

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Highlands head coach Corey Dotchin watches from the bench on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, at Hampton.
Chartiers Valley ‘checked all of the boxes’ for new boys basketball coach Corey Dotchin
May 14, 2024
Corey Dotchin used to listen to podcasts on his drive to basketball practice, but he won’t have the time anymore.

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Moon head coach Ryan Linn films practice on Aug. 2, 2023, in Moon.
Sewickley Academy athletes to play football for Moon under co-op agreement
Sewickley Academy students will be playing football for Moon next fall under a plan the private school announced Tuesday.

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Highlands coach Corey Dotchin watches from the bench during a game against Shady Side Academy on Dec. 12, 2023.
Chartiers Valley poised to hire Corey Dotchin as boys basketball coach
Former Highlands boys basketball coach Corey Dotchin is poised to take over Chartiers Valley’s program.

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Knoch’s Marlee Fraser celebrates an RBI double against Greensburg Salem during WPIAL Class 4A softball first round action Monday, May 13, 2024 at Plum High School.
Knoch stays patient at plate, rallies past Greensburg Salem in 4A 1st round
May 13, 2024
Staying patient was Knoch’s winning strategy in a playoff opener against Greensburg Salem, especially after falling behind by three runs early.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Max Bernadowski celebrates after defeating Penn-Trafford, 1-0, on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
WPIAL baseball committee seeds 5A bracket by ‘throwing out the numbers,’ focuses on matchups
May 11, 2024
The WPIAL for many decades released playoff brackets that had no seed numbers, a tradition that ended several years ago.

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Pine-Richland mobs Jake Waddle after his walk-off hit defeated North Allegheny on May 2.
Breaking down the 2024 WPIAL baseball playoffs
May 10, 2024
Class 6A

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields pumps his fist after defeating Hempfield, 3-1, on Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Mt. Lebanon.
WPIAL releases brackets for 2024 baseball playoffs
Defending champions Mt. Lebanon and Riverside were tabbed as favorites to repeat when the WPIAL on Friday released brackets for the upcoming baseball playoffs.

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Shaler’s Luke Jarzynka scores against North Hills on April 22 at Herb Field in Ross.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast 2024 baseball playoff pairings
May 9, 2024
The 2024 WPIAL baseball playoff field is set with 77 teams, including all six defending champions: Mt. Lebanon, Shaler, Hopewell, Riverside, Seton LaSalle and Bishop Canevin.

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Mars’ Lucy Balazs looks to pass against Hampton on April 4.
Mars, Mt. Lebanon, Shady Side Academy earn No. 1 seeds in 2024 WPIAL lacrosse playoffs
Defending champion Mars, which swept the WPIAL Class 2A lacrosse titles a year ago, will start this season’s playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the boys and girls tournaments.

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Avonworth starting pitcher Alivia Lantzy throws against Freeport Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at Freeport Community Park.
WPIAL reveals brackets for 2024 softball playoffs
Four defending champions are favored to repeat in the upcoming WPIAL softball playoffs.

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Hempfield’s Allie Cervola celebrates her RBI double against Seneca Valley on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Hempfield.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast the 2024 softball playoff pairings
May 8, 2024
The 2024 WPIAL softball playoff field is set with 76 teams, including all six defending champions ready to begin playing for gold.

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North Allegheny’s Sophie Aglietti wins the pole vault during the WPIAL Class 3A team track and field championships Tuesday at West Mifflin High School.
Depth carries North Allegheny girls, Drew Griffith leads Butler boys to WPIAL 3A team titles
May 7, 2024
As a former computer science teacher, North Allegheny coach John Neff built a nifty spreadsheet to keep a running score of the WPIAL team track championship.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Jeremy Haigh delivers against Plum during their game on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Plum.
Fox Chapel lefty shuts down Plum as 4-way battle for section title rages on
May 6, 2024
Fox Chapel lefty Jeremy Haigh worked fast, threw strikes and sometimes bopped along to Plum’s walkup songs.

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North Hills lineman Jamar Allen works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Ross.
WPIAL to hold eligibility hearing for Aliquippa football transfer Jamar Allen
The WPIAL will hold an eligibility hearing for Aliquippa sophomore Jamar Allen, an all-conference football player who transferred there from North Hills.

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Imani Christian’s R.J. Sledge shoots a 3-pointer against Berlin Brothersvalley during the the PIAA Class A championship game March 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL rules Imani Christian basketball’s R.J. Sledge eligible for senior year
Three-time WPIAL and state basketball champion R.J. Sledge of Imani Christian will have a chance to go four for four next winter.

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Emily Griffith and her Hempfield teammates took over the top spot in the WPIAL Class 6A rankings this week.
WPIAL Softball rankings: Week ending May 5, 2024
May 4, 2024
Class 6A

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Hempfield’s Colin Polechko tags out Norwin’s Nolan Ryan at second base May 2.
Trib HSSN baseball rankings for May 4, 2024
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Khiryan Boyd wins the 100 meter day past Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht (r) and Mount Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter during the Lady Spartan Wild Cat Invitational Friday April 14, 2023 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Deep group of North Allegheny sprinters breaking speed ‘minimums’ this season
There are miles per hour signs posted at North Allegheny track practices, but these aren’t speed limits.

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Baldwin Invitational Director and Baldwin coach Ed Helbig adjusts a hurdle.
‘Get one day better, every day’: Coach Ed Helbig inspires Baldwin athletes through cancer battle
Baldwin track coach Ed Helbig has a favorite saying that he offers up as motivation to athletes on his team: “Get one day better, every day.”

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The Pine-Richland baseball team mobs Jake Waddell after his walk-off hit defeated North Allegheny, 9-8, in the bottom of the seventh inning on Thursday, May 2, 2024, in Pine.
Pine-Richland celebrates section title with walk-off win over rival North Allegheny
May 3, 2024
Pine-Richland had already left the bases loaded three times, but that’s not what Jake Waddell was thinking about when he came to the plate in seventh.

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Riverside pitcher Christian Lucarelli delivers against North Catholic on Friday.
With focus on staying healthy, Riverside ace Christian Lucarelli works tirelessly on craft
April 29, 2024
Christian Lucarelli arrived at Riverside baseball practice with a clear, plastic sphere that was partially filled with water. The peculiar fitness tool, which has handles on the sides, is designed to strengthen core muscles.

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WPIAL cancels eligibility hearings for 2 Aliquippa transfers after Central Valley drops opposition
The WPIAL has canceled eligibility hearings for Aliquippa sophomore Joseph “J.J.” Work and freshman Khalil Ellerbee, saying Central Valley no longer contests their transfers.

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A West Virginia pylon during the 2021 Gold-Blue game at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Former Bishop Canevin standout Daiveon Taylor, now at Aliquippa, commits to West Virginia
April 27, 2024
Daiveon Taylor wasn’t traveling to Morgantown this weekend just to watch West Virginia’s annual Gold-Blue spring game.

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MLB prospect David Shields and his Mt. Lebanon teammates moved up to No. 1 in the WPIAL Class 6A rankings this week.
WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 28, 2024
Class 6A

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Seneca Valley’s Abby Kalkowski drives in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth inning against Hempfield on April 10.
Trib HSSN softball rankings for April 27, 2024
Class 6A

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Imani Christian’s RJ Sledge celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Berlin Brothersvalley’s during the the PIAA Class A state championship game on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL schedules eligibility hearing for Imani Christian all-state basketball player R.J. Sledge
Imani Christian junior R.J. Sledge won his third straight PIAA boys basketball title in March, but his ability to win a fourth next winter is in limbo.

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Blackhawk’s Alena Fusetti celebrates with Aubree Hupp after Hupp hit a 3-pointer against Scranton Prep during the PIAA Class 4A championship game Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
19 WPIAL players picked for 2024 all-state girls basketball team
April 26, 2024
A month after winning a PIAA title, Blackhawk teammates Alena Fusetti and Aubree Hupp were among 19 WPIAL girls basketball players to earn all-state honors Friday.

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WPIAL reveals brackets for 2024 team track championships
April 25, 2024
The North Allegheny boys and girls will try to repeat as WPIAL champions when the track and field team playoffs start Tuesday.

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North Allegheny, Sewickley Academy earn No. 1 seeds for WPIAL boys team tennis tournament
North Allegheny and Sewickley Academy drew No. 1 seeds for the WPIAL boys team tennis tournament when brackets were released Thursday.

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi at the PIAA basketball state championships on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Aliquippa injunction hearing vs. PIAA takes 3-week pause with executive director testifying
April 24, 2024
If the PIAA competitive-balance rule were nullified, “it would probably cause chaos,” the PIAA’s top administrator said Wednesday during testimony in a Beaver County courtroom.

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Dr. Patrick DeMeo watches a spring training workout on Feb. 15, 2024, at Pirate City in Bradenton.
Pirates team doctor Patrick DeMeo among witnesses called by Aliquippa in lawsuit against PIAA
April 23, 2024
Renowned orthopedic surgeon Patrick DeMeo, while testifying for Aliquippa in its lawsuit against the PIAA, said he wanted to see some numbers.

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Aubri Cimba and Elizabeth Forward held onto the top spot in Class 4A.
WPIAL softball rankings, week ending April 21, 2024
April 20, 2024
Class 6A

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Brody Hoffman and his Penn-Trafford teammates moved from No. 4 to No. 3 in the Class 5A rankings this week.
WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 21, 2024
Class 6A

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Pine-Richland catcher Sam Heckert adjusts his ear piece between batters last week.
Earpieces let high school catchers receive in-game coaching
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With 2 teams in emerging league, North Allegheny coach encouraged with growth of flag football
Girls flag football was popular in southeastern states when Michelle Ruiz was teaching there earlier in her career, which motivated her to later make it an annual tradition for middle school kids at North Allegheny.

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‘Loud and crazy’ invite crowd sees Butler record-setter Drew Griffith nearly run 4-minute mile on his home track
April 19, 2024
In meets from Boston to Los Angeles, record-setting runner Drew Griffith has wowed crowds from coast to coast over the past three months.

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Peters Township linebacker Mickey Vaccarello commits to Stanford
April 17, 2024
Just days after taking a recruiting trip to the West Coast, Peters Township’s Mickey Vaccarello decided to spend his college years in California.

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Shaler’s Emily Bacasa plays against Hampton in a flag football game April 14, 2024.
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A WPIAL hearing will decide the eligibility of two Aliquippa football players who transferred from rival Central Valley.

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Pine-Richland senior delivers walk-off hit in 1st at-bat of season in win over Seneca Valley
April 16, 2024
A shoulder injury kept Tommy Zimmerman in the dugout for his team’s first 10 games, but the Pine-Richland senior finally got to bat Tuesday.

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Corey Dotchin steps down as Highlands boys basketball coach
April 15, 2024
With his first child on the way, Corey Dotchin decided that a daily commute to Natrona Heights wouldn’t work anymore for him and his growing family.

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Southmoreland moved into the top spot in Class 3A.
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Pitcher J.D. Costanzo and North Allegheny held onto the top spot in Class 6A this week.
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Versatility, commitment let Izzy Costa shine in multiple events for North Allegheny track
North Allegheny’s Izzy Costa had an upset stomach but was still was warming up for the long jump after running the 100 and 400 meters in a dual meet at Butler.

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Blackhawk’s Alena Fusetti takes the court during player introductions before the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Scranton Prep on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA taking bids to host basketball championships
April 12, 2024
Giant Center in Hershey has hosted the state high school basketball finals for more than a decade, but could or should the PIAA championships go elsewhere?

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Rob Niederberger talks with an official during Shaler’s game against Woodland Hills on Jan. 30.
Basketball coach Rob Niederberger, who lifted Shaler from last place to WPIAL contender, resigns
When Shaler hired Rob Niederberger as boys basketball coach nine years ago, he took over a team mired in last place. He resigned Thursday knowing the next coach will inherit a program that’s in a much better position.

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Oakland Catholic coach Eddie Benton Jr. celebrates during his team’s win over McKeesport in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.
Robert Morris hires Oakland Catholic’s Eddie Benton as assistant women’s basketball coach
April 9, 2024
Oakland Catholic girls basketball coach Eddie Benton, who led the Eagles to consecutive section titles, is leaving for a job at Robert Morris.

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi watches the hand-shake line after the Class 4A boys basketball championship game on March 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi on public vs. private debate: ‘We have a ‘school’ problem’
While watching private and charter schools again flourish in the state basketball finals, the PIAA’s top administrator said there is a problem, but it’s not what public school advocates might think.

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Carson Shuglie and his Hempfield teammates leaped from No. 4 to No. 2 in the WPIAL Class 6A rankings this week.
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North Allegheny’s Nicolas Carioto hits against Pine-Richland Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at North Allegheny High School.
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Opponents may have a dozen or so players in uniform for varsity matches, but North Allegheny boys volleyball coach Dan Long plans to use twice that many.

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Sunglasses help Deer Lakes’ Sophia Laurenza make a running catch in the sun but they wouldn’t protect her eyes from staring at a solar eclipse.
Here’s a new one for WPIAL athletic directors: Game called on account of solar eclipse
April 4, 2024
Athletic directors are not surprised when rain or snow wreaks havoc on spring sports schedules. But there’s another act of nature — one far more infrequent — that has WPIAL schools rescheduling games slated for Monday.

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Blackhawk’s Alena Fusetti scores against Scranton Prep during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
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Terrific 10

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Aliquippa’s Josh Pratt drives to the basket against Holy Croos’s Mike Hughes during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Mar. 22, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
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April 1, 2024
There was a time when a basketball gym was the last place Alayna Rocco wanted to be. As a coach’s daughter, she went anyway.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings and Meleek Thomas celebrate with their gold medals after defeating Archbishop Carroll in the the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
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Brandin Cummings and Meleek Thomas form a dynamic duo for Lincoln Park’s boys basketball team, but they aren’t quite Batman and Robin.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller smiles after getting a strikeout against North Allegheny on Monday.
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March 30, 2024
Class 6A

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North Allegheny head coach Morgan Vescovi returns to the dugout after meeting with her team during their game on Monday, March 25, 2024, at Hempfield.
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North Allegheny has a roster full of “softball sisters,” even though most of the girls aren’t actually related.

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Members of the Aliquippa football team celebrate with the WPIAL Class 4A championship trophy Nov. 24 at Acrisure Stadium.
Aliquippa sues PIAA to prevent football team’s promotion to Class 5A
March 28, 2024
The school with the most wins in WPIAL football history is hoping its next big victory comes in a courtroom.

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Blackhawk finds redemption in Hershey, wins PIAA girls basketball title with 1st-year coach
March 23, 2024
HERSHEY — Greg Huston wasn’t on the bench last March when Blackhawk lost in the state finals, but he understood the team’s heartache as well as anybody. He was here a dad watching his daughter from the Giant Center seats.

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After winning state football title last fall, Aliquippa adds PIAA boys basketball championship
March 22, 2024
HERSHEY – Aliquippa finished off a rare PIAA double-double Friday by winning state football and basketball titles in the same school year. But on a roster full of two-sport athletes, this latest celebration was thanks in large part to a sophomore who has focused on only one.

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Blackhawk’s Aubree Hupp drives to the basket against North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Mar. 2, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
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Behind Brandin Cummings’ ‘storybook ending,’ Lincoln Park repeats as PIAA Class 4A champ
March 21, 2024
HERSHEY — Brandin Cummings patiently held for the last shot of the first half, but the Lincoln Park senior didn’t wait around to see if his 3-pointer was good. He’d already turned his back on the shot and was headed toward the Giant Center locker room.

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The four WPIAL football finals played at Acrisure Stadium likely will change this fall.

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HERSHEY — Imani Christian won a state title a year ago with a towering center in the middle, but this time, a couple of much smaller guards led the way.

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March 20, 2024
Lincoln Park is making a return trip to Hershey, where the team hopes to celebrate a second straight state title behind the talented tandem of Brandin Cummings and Meleek Thomas.

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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell dunks over Moon defenders during their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday at Peters Township.
Franklin Regional gets revenge on Moon in PIAA Class 5A semifinals
March 18, 2024
Franklin Regional built a big lead Monday night only to see Moon erase it entirely, which was reminiscent of how the Panthers lost in the WPIAL final a few weeks ago.

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Deer Lakes’ long run of playoff success ends with loss to Franklin
March 16, 2024
SHARON — Time was dwindling away and the deficit was large, but Deer Lakes decided to ramp up its pressure one more time in Saturday’s state playoff loss.

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North Allegheny pitcher J.D. Costanzo delivers against Norwin on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Norwin High School.
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Some WPIAL baseball teams scramble to find enough pitching to cover their innings, but North Allegheny coach Andrew Heck has a much different dilemma. He’s hoping to find enough innings for all of his pitchers.

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Moon’s Aiden Reesman smiles as he exits the game against Bethel Park during their PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinal on Friday, March 15, 2024, at Chartiers Valley.
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Yes, these are the state playoffs, but WPIAL champion Moon is back fighting its way through teams from its own league.

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WPIAL releases football schedules for 2024, ’25 seasons
March 14, 2024
The WPIAL has released its football schedules for the next two seasons and Week 1 should be exciting.

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Upper St. Clair embraces the madness, avenges loss to State College
March 13, 2024
JOHNSTOWN — This is the kind of March madness Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer likes most, a state basketball tournament where his Panthers are making a deep bracket run.

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After injury to leading scorer, Shaler pulls together for PIAA win over Mechanicsburg
ALTOONA — Shaler leading scorer Keegan Smetanka was down on the court with a first-quarter ankle injury, so his teammates huddled quickly to discuss what to do next.

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Franklin Regional’s Colin Masten scores against Selinsgrove’s Lucas Piecuch during their PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2024, at Altoona.
Colin Masten gets to rim, helps Franklin Regional to PIAA 5A quarterfinals
March 12, 2024
ALTOONA — Colin Masten wears jersey No. 1, which was fitting Tuesday night because of how many times he made folks say, “And one!”

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South Fayette captains hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Hampton, 4-2, in the Class 3A final on Nov. 4, 2023, at Highmark Stadium.
When WPIAL makes realignment decisions aiming for competitive balance, critics emerge
WPIAL athletic directors received a survey from one of their colleagues Monday, seeking feedback about how the league makes its sections and schedules.

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Butlers’ Drew Griffith wins the Class 3A TSTCA cross country championship Oct. 19, 2023, at White Oak Park.
Butler senior Drew Griffith breaks national indoor high school track record in 2-mile
March 10, 2024
This time it counts.

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Baldwin’s Gabe Barakat gets caught between McDowell defenders in front of head coach Jeff Ackerman during their PIAA Class 6A state playoff game on Saturday, Mar. 9, 2024, at Baldwin.
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March 9, 2024
The scoreboard in Baldwin’s gym showed a good news, bad news scenario for the Highlanders as the fourth quarter got underway Saturday.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings celebrates on the court after scoring against Montour during their PIAA Class 4A state playoff game on Friday, Mar. 8, 2024, in Midland.
Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings scores 28, says goodbye to beloved home court in PIAA win
Brandin Cummings kissed his hand before touching the Leopard logo on Lincoln Park’s basketball court, offering a kiss goodbye as his final home game was winding down.

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The Upper St. Clair basketball team celebrates after defeating Baldwin in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Saturday, Mar. 2, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
Upper St. Clair ends Baldwin’s WPIAL run with resounding victory in Class 6A final
March 2, 2024
“Let’s go dance,” Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer told his players, guiding them back to their Petersen Events Center locker room where they bounced and sang along to “Y-M-C-A.”

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North Allegheny’s Lola Malarky won the WPIAL Class 3A diving championship Feb. 24, at North Allehgeny. Also earning medals were North Allegheny’s Juliet Hood (second) and Maggie Lapina (third). Mars’ Emily Mueller (fourth), Pine-Richland’s Kendyll Jerry (fifth), Seneca Valley’s Ali Waters (sixth), Fox Chapel’s Ainsley Anderson (seventh) and Mars’ Mya Lee (eighth).
North Allegheny divers follow different routes to WPIAL success
A gymnastics background can certainly help, but North Allegheny diving coach Patti McClure says she’s first looking for a kid with a “kamikaze” attitude.

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Moon’s Elijah Guillory dunks against Franklin Regional during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Friday, Mar. 1, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
Moon rallies past Franklin Regional to secure 5th WPIAL boys basketball title
March 1, 2024
One team got hot in the fourth quarter, and the other was not.

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Upper St. Clair head coach Danny Holzer hugs Christian Ito late in the fourth quarter against Central Catholic during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at Gateway.
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WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball championship

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Butler football coach Eric Christy talks with players during a practice in 2019.
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Butler has reached an agreement with the PIAA that will let the football team play an independent schedule this fall, the school’s athletic director said Friday.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas dunks against Hampton during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thurday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Pitt.
Defensive-focused Lincoln Park beats Hampton to repeat as WPIAL champs
February 29, 2024
The WPIAL knows Meleek Thomas best as an elite scorer for the league’s highest-scoring team, a combination that brought Lincoln Park to Petersen Events Center on Thursday night.

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Lincolin Park’s Brandin Cummings celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against North Catholic on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, in Cranberry.
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The PIAA Class 6A football championship trophy sits on the field on Dec. 9, 2023, at Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA defends Aliquippa decision in letter to legislators; state Rep. Matzie sees ‘hit job’
February 28, 2024
The PIAA in a letter to state legislators stood behind its decision to move the Aliquippa football team into a higher classification and rejected claims that the school district serves a more transient population than others.

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Upper St. Clair’s Tyler Robbins celebrates after scoring against Central Catholic during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at Gateway.
Big man’s big game boosts Upper St. Clair past Central Catholic into WPIAL finals
February 27, 2024
Tyler Robbins’ first basket came a few minutes after halftime, but Upper St. Clair’s big man had already altered the outcome of Tuesday’s semifinal in other ways.

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love celebrates after scoring against Neshannock during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, at Fox Chapel.
Deer Lakes boys defeat Neshannock in OT, advance to WPIAL Class 3A title game
February 26, 2024
The path wasn’t easy, but defending champion Deer Lakes is headed back to the WPIAL boys basketball finals after a second straight overtime win.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings finishes a dunk against North Catholic on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, at PPG Paints Arena.
WPIAL sets schedule for basketball finals at Petersen Events Center
February 25, 2024
The WPIAL has finalized the championship schedule for the boys and girls basketball playoffs with dates and times for each of the 12 finals.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer celebrates after scoring during the first quarter against Highlands on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, at Hampton.
Hampton cools off Avonworth’s red-hot scorer for spot in WPIAL 4A final
February 24, 2024
Hampton’s Peter Kramer has faced his share of unorthodox defenses over the years, schemes designed specifically to shut him down as a scorer.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas celebrates after scoring against Ambridge on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Midland.
Defending champion Lincoln Park holds off Uniontown for return trip to WPIAL finals
Uniontown had a couple of good looks at a go-ahead 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter and had possession of the ball down three with only a minute left.

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Butlers’ Drew Griffith wins the boys Class 3A TSTCA cross country championship Oct. 19, 2023, at White Oak Park.
Nearly a national record holder, Butler’s Drew Griffith running the best he ever has
Drew Griffith ran two miles in a historic time, faster than the all-time indoor best for high school boys, but the Butler senior’s name won’t appear in any national record book.

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Baldwin’s Caden Cherico (2) and Matthew Schenk (30) celebrate as time ticks down on Baldwin’s victory over North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at Baldwin.
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Baldwin boys basketball coach Jeff Ackermann took his team to look at the school’s trophy case before Friday night’s playoff game.

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Westinghouse’s Ty Abram scores a touchdown in the City League game on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
PSFCA announces rosters for 2024 East-West all-star football games
February 23, 2024
Forty WPIAL and City League football players were selected Friday to take part in a pair of East-West all-star games organized by the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association.

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Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin shoots a 3-pointer against Shaler on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, in Murrysville.
WPIAL sets playoff sites, times for Monday’s basketball semifinals
The WPIAL has scheduled four semifinal doubleheaders in the basketball playoffs on Monday. The games are for Class 6A girls, 5A boys, 3A boys and A girls.

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Shaler’s Keegan Smetanka celebrates as time expires in a 67-55 win over Woodland Hills on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Shaler.
Shaler pulls out low-scoring win over Bethel Park with 1 basket in 4th quarter
The numbers on the scoreboard sure seemed to be stuck.

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Avonworth’s Noah Quinn celebrates after scoring against Montour on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, in Ohio Twp.
WPIAL sets playoff sites, times for Saturday’s basketball semifinals
February 22, 2024
The WPIAL has scheduled four basketball semifinal doubleheaders Saturday at Montour, Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny and Peters Township.

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Uniontown’s Kelan Milsom blocks the shot of North Catholic’s Max Hurray in a WPIAL 4A quarterfinal Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 at Norwin High School.
Short-handed Uniontown gets defensive in WPIAL quarterfinal win over North Catholic
Uniontown was missing its big man in the middle, but against a small, speedy opponent, was that a blessing in disguise?

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North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd carries against Harrisburg’s Trentin Moffit during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
8 WPIAL all-stars selected for 67th annual Big 33 Football Classic
February 21, 2024
Eight WPIAL football players were among the 38 high school all-stars selected Wednesday to represent Pennsylvania in the 67th annual Big 33 Football Classic.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Liam Sheely scores against Upper St. Clair’s Tyler Robbins on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Mt. Lebanon.
WPIAL announces playoff sites, times for Friday’s basketball quarterfinals
Fox Chapel, Highlands, Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny and Peters Township will host doubleheaders for Friday’s quarterfinal games in the WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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Bishop Canevin coach Aaron McGee and senior Michael Vaughn
After taking job just last month, coach sets big goals for Bishop Canevin
Aaron McGee gave away some of his Bishop Canevin gear when he left for an assistant coaching job at Moon, but fortunately he held onto some shirts.

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Gateway’s Mykel Bruce-McCrommon is fouled by Franklin Regional’s Cameron Rowell on Jan. 12, 2023, at Franklin Regional High School.
WPIAL announces playoff sites, times for Thursday’s basketball quarterfinals
February 20, 2024
The WPIAL released sites and times for Thursday’s boys and girls basketball quarterfinals.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Brandon Sensor watches from the bench during a game on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Mars Area High School.
Brandon Sensor resigns as Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach, citing lack of support from administration
Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach Brandon Sensor, who missed the final six weeks of the season on administrative leave, resigned Tuesday.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield talks with his team after a turnover during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
WPIAL reveals Aliquippa’s 5A conference, but football coach says ‘it’s not settled’
The WPIAL revealed an updated football alignment Monday that has Aliquippa sharing a Class 5A conference with Fox Chapel, North Hills, Penn Hills, Pine-Richland, Plum and Shaler.

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WPIAL says Butler football must take conference schedule, reviving years-long dispute
A seemingly settled dispute between Butler and the PIAA was rekindled Monday when the WPIAL said the school’s football team must play a conference schedule next fall.

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Fort Cherry head coach Tanner Garry hoists the the WPIAL championship trophy with his his team after defeating South Side in the Class A final on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium
WPIAL sets conference, section alignment for next 2 fall seasons
February 19, 2024
The WPIAL wanted more competitive balance in its conferences and sections, so some teams might have a longer drive next season as a result.

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Montour’s Ama Tening Sow scores between Avonworth’s Anthony Arlia and Noah Goetz on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, in Ohio Twp.
WPIAL announces playoff sites, times for Wednesday’s basketball quarterfinals
February 18, 2024
The WPIAL has scheduled a slate of quarterfinal doubleheaders for Wednesday in the next round of the basketball playoffs.

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North Allegheny’s Joey Dopirak scores past Central Catholic’s Bradley Gompers and Enzo Khalil on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in McCandless.
North Allegheny boys put layoff to good use ahead of WPIAL playoffs
February 17, 2024
When other WPIAL basketball teams were probably prepping for their playoff openers, the North Allegheny boys took batting practice in the high school gym.

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Avonworth’s Noah Quinn (13) celebrates with Rowan Carmichael after Carmichael hit a 3 pointer against Highlands in the second half during their WPIAL Class 4A first-round game Friday.
Rowan Carmichael’s 32 points lift Avonworth past Highlands in Class 4A 1st round
February 16, 2024
Highlands’ size can be an advantage, just not against a deceptively sturdy guard who made one big shot after another.

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The Hillel Academy boys basketball team will play its first WPIAL playoff game Thursday night.
WPIAL playoff berth means a lot to Hillel Academy, a tiny Orthodox Jewish school in Squirrel Hill
February 14, 2024
As the boys basketball coach at Hillel Academy, Yoni Eglash has fielded a number of questions since his team joined the WPIAL two years ago.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Nate Girod celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter against Upper St. Clair on Feb. 2.
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February 12, 2024
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Greg Perry spent nine seasons at Seton LaSalle and eight at Keystone Oaks.
Mt. Lebanon hires football coach Greg Perry, former coach at Seton LaSalle, Keystone Oaks
Football coach Greg Perry has a new head coaching job that’s just down the road from his previous two.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas dunks against Ambridge on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Midland.
WPIAL releases brackets for 2024 boys and girls basketball playoffs
When the WPIAL basketball committee met Monday morning to seed the playoff brackets, there was little debate about the No. 1 seeds.

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Moon’s Elijah Guillory scores against Mars on Tuesday, Jan. 65, 2024, in Adams Twp.
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February 10, 2024
The 2024 WPIAL boys basketball playoff field is set with 87 teams in the six classifications.

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Norwin girls basketball players go through the handshake line after Thursday night’s 46-39 victory over visiting Seneca Valley. The Knights moved into the No. 1 spot in Class 6A.
TribLive HSSN WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 11, 2024
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Franklin Regional’s Connor Crossey drives past Latrobe’s JaTawn Willims during a Feb. 2 game against Latrobe. The Panthers held at No. 2 in Class 5A this week.
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North Allegheny’s Audrey Morrison is a senior on the 2023-24 girls wrestling team.
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North Allegheny will play host to a Western Pennsylvania girls wrestling championship once again, but this time the medals will says “WPIAL.”

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Central Catholic’s Enzo Khalil is fouled as he scores in the final second against North Allegheny on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in McCandless.
Central Catholic grabs section title away from North Allegheny with last-second 3-point play
February 9, 2024
Central Catholic had trailed for almost the entire game, but a layup and foul shot by sophomore Enzo Khalil with seven-tenths of a second left Friday night lifted the Vikings to a dramatic 58-57 victory over North Allegheny to win the section title.

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Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez celebrates his second touchdown against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
Central Catholic wide receiver Peter Gonzalez receives NFL Latino Youth Honors award
This is awards season for the NFL, and one went to a high school senior from the WPIAL. Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez received an inaugural honor that recognized his football talents and his Hispanic heritage.

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Imani Christian’s Dayshaun Burnett committed to Penn State on Feb. 7, 2024, at a ceremony at the school.
Imani Christian 4-star junior Dayshaun Burnett makes verbal commitment to Penn State
February 7, 2024
Dayshaun Burnett received his first college offer from Penn State almost two years ago, but the Imani Christian junior had a Nittany Lions connection that went back way further.

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Central Catholic’s Payton Wehner drives to the basket past Butler’s Donovan Carney during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, in Oakland.
Central Catholic wins black-and-blue battle with Butler
There were two separate stoppages to clean blood off the court at Central Catholic’s Alumni Hall on Tuesday night, showing just how rough a section game between Central and Butler can get.

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The Belle Vernon football team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Avonworth in the Class 3A final on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
WPIAL to release new football conferences, updated sections for other fall sports
February 5, 2024
The wait is almost over for WPIAL football teams eager to take a look at the new conferences for the 2024 and ’25 seasons.

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Zander Aird, shown scoring against Washington on Tuesday, helped Yough reach No. 5 in the Class 3A rankings this week.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending February 4, 2024
February 3, 2024
WPIAL boys basketball rankings

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jayla Peterson drives past Serra Catholic’s Bri Battles on Monday.
Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings for Feb. 3, 2024
WPIAL girls basketball rankings

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North Allegheny’s Natalie Sens swims the butterfly leg of the WPIAL Class 3A girls 200-yard medley relay March 2, 2023, at Tress Pool.
‘Excellence has to be earned’: North Allegheny swimmers aim to maintain streak of WPIAL championships
The North Allegheny swimming team owns a WPIAL championship streak that’s older than some kids on the roster.

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The Mt. Lebanon student section celebrates after a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Mt. Lebanon.
Mt. Lebanon stakes claim in 6A with win over rival Upper St. Clair
Packed together tightly in a sold-out gym, the Mt. Lebanon student section chanted, “We run 6A,” in the final minutes of Friday’s win over rival Upper St. Clair.

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Shaler’s Brandon London celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Woodland Hills on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Shaler.
Exquisite timing helps Shaler avenge loss to Woodland Hills
January 31, 2024
“Exquisite” was the fancy word Brandon London’s teammates urged him to work into his postgame interview.

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Bishop Canevin fires 1st-place boys basketball coach in middle of his 1st season
January 29, 2024
The Bishop Canevin boys basketball team is close to clinching a section title, but the Crusaders will finish their season with a different coaching staff.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating McKeesport in the Class 4A final on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
Aliquippa grad, current 5A coach understands Quips’ concerns with bump up in class
January 28, 2024
Can Aliquippa compete in Class 5A football? Yes, says Pine-Richland coach Jon LeDonne, but he also considers the Quips’ concerns about player health to be valid.

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Mya Morgan and her Greensburg Central Catholic teammates remained the top-ranked WPIAL Class 2A team this week.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 28, 2024
January 27, 2024
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Max Marzina (center) and his Baldwin teammates jumped to No. 3 in the WPIAL Class 6A rankings this week.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 28, 2024
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Lincolin Park’s Brandin Cummings celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against North Catholic on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, in Cranberry.
Lincoln Park’s ‘big two’ share the wealth in win over North Catholic
The motto on Lincoln Park’s shirts says “one more,” which coach Mike Bariski translates into “one more pass.”

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The PIAA Class 6A football championship trophy sits on the field on Dec. 9, 2023, at Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA officials acknowledge competitive balance formula has ‘room for conversation’ in future
January 26, 2024
A football team that reaches the state finals or semifinals two years in a row “is the cream of the crop in that class,” said PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi, explaining why health and safety concerns are excluded as grounds for appeal under the competitive-balance rule.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger scrambles against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
6 WPIAL quarterbacks selected as finalists for Willie Thrower Award
January 25, 2024
WPIAL champions Nolan DiLucia of Peters Township, Logan Kushner of North Allegheny and Matt Seig of Fort Cherry were three of the six quarterbacks named Thursday as finalists for the Willie Thrower Award.

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The PIAA Class 6A football championship trophy sits on the field on Dec. 9, 2023, at Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA rejects Farrell’s request to join WPIAL
January 24, 2024
A week after the WPIAL rejected Farrell’s attempt to join the district, the PIAA also denied the Mercer County school’s request to transfer to the WPIAL.

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Aliquippa coach Mike Warfield talks with officials after a penalty against the Quips during the 2022 PIAA Class 4A championship game against Bishop McDevitt.
Aliquippa forced to move to Class 5A football after PIAA rejects appeal
MECHANICSBURG — If the PIAA believes five transfers gave the Aliquippa football team a competitive advantage, Quips coach Mike Warfield wants to know how.

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New South Fayette football coach Marty Spieler
New coach Marty Spieler brings unique resume, complete with a Kelce tie, to South Fayette
January 23, 2024
The coaching career of Marty Spieler once crossed paths with the Kelce brothers, but, no, Taylor Swift probably won’t show up at South Fayette games this fall.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the TSTCA cross country championship Oct. 19, 2023, at White Oak Park.
Gatorade picks Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter as top girls cross country runner in Pa.
Reigning state champion Logan St. John Kletter of Mt. Lebanon was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania girls cross country athlete of the year, extending the WPIAL’s winning streak to four.

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The South Fayette football team practices prior to the 2023 season.
South Fayette poised to hire Marty Spieler as football coach
January 22, 2024
South Fayette is prepared to make Marty Spieler the school’s next football coach, pending board approval Tuesday night.

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Burrell’s Mikaya Buchak is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal in overtime of their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, at Mt. Pleasant.
PIAA discussing eliminating overtime in regular-season soccer games
January 21, 2024
The PIAA might decide this week to eliminate overtime from regular-season high school soccer, taking a nod from NCAA rules and international norms. If approved, regular-season games tied after regulation would finish as a draw.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger (3) and Lauren Palangio defend against Hempfield’s Mia Shipman on Jan. 8, 2024.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 21, 2024
January 20, 2024
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Elijah Guillory and his Moon teammates moved up to No. 1 in the Class 5A rankings.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending January 21, 2024
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Westinghouse head coach Donta Green against USO during the City League Championship game Oct. 28, 2023, at Couples Stadium.
Thought to be moving up to 3A for next 2 years, Westinghouse will instead play Class A football
January 18, 2024
City League champion Westinghouse is dropping to Class A football next season after successfully avoiding a promotion under the PIAA competitive-balance rule.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating McKeesport in the Class 4A finals Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
Aliquippa football still ticketed for 5A after unsuccessful initial appeal to PIAA
January 17, 2024
Aliquippa’s initial appeal to the PIAA was unsuccessful, so the football team remains headed to a higher classification under the competitive-balance rule.

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Members of the 2024 WPIAL Hall of Fame class attend the annoucement ceremony Jan. 17, 2024, at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum inside the Heinz History Center.
Former Clairton football star Tyler Boyd headlines 2024 WPIAL Hall of Fame class
Nobody in WPIAL history won more consistently than Clairton’s Tyler Boyd, whose football teams were part of a state-record winning streak that eventually reached 66 games.

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Burrell coach Shawn Liotta was ejected during a WPIAL playoff game against Mohawk in November after confronting officials regarding allegations his players were the target of racial slurs by Mohawk players.
WPIAL places Mohawk football on 2 years of probation for alleged racial slurs toward Burrell players
January 16, 2024
The WPIAL has placed the Mohawk football team on probation for two years after allegations that racial slurs were used in a playoff game against Burrell in November.

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The Farrell Steelers play Westinghouse in a PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal on Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
WPIAL board unanimously rejects Farrell’s request to rejoin district
The WPIAL board voted unanimously Tuesday to deny Farrell’s request to join the league as a member school, citing the cost of transportation and tight athletic department budgets.

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Erica Gribble and Greensburg Central Catholic maintained their hold on the top spot in Class 2A.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 14, 2024
January 13, 2024
WPIAL girls basketball rankings

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Gateway’s Bryson Pavlik drives past Franklin Regional’s Connor Crossey on Friday Jan.12, 2024, at Franklin Regional High School. Gateway held at No. 1 in Class 5A.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 14, 2024
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Caroline Henderson (right) and the North Allegheny girls basketball team dropped a decision to rival Norwin on Jan. 2.
North Allegheny girls hope January road trips make Tigers a tough ‘out’ later this season
No, the North Allegheny girls basketball team hasn’t left the WPIAL, even though its schedule certainly looks like the Tigers moved closer to Harrisburg.

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Avonworth’s Anthony Arlia celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Montour on Friday.
Avonworth sheds underdog label with section-shaking win over No. 3 Montour
In a pregame talk with his players, Avonworth basketball coach Mike Mancuso embraced the idea that the WPIAL saw them as underdogs in their own section.

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Butler football coach Eric Christy
Butler won’t rejoin WPIAL football; decision nearing on Farrell’s request to return
January 12, 2024
How many football teams will the WPIAL have next season? That number continues to fluctuate.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu celebrates with Lincoln Hoke after scoring during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against Harrisburg on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
North Allegheny linebacker Tyree Alualu commits to Temple
North Allegheny senior Tyree Alualu, an all-conference linebacker whose father played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, committed Thursday to Temple.

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Central Catholic coaches signal from the sideline during a game against North Allegheny on Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
Even at the high school level, football coaches take measures to avoid signs being stolen
January 7, 2024
There was a commotion in the bleachers at a WPIAL football game one night when some opposing coaches had their notes fall from the press box window.

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Butler’s Tayt Lucas scores against New Castle’s JT Warren during their game on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, in New Castle.
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January 6, 2024
Class 6A

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Avery Davis (left) and her Greensburg Central Catholic teammates held on to the top ranking in Class 2A this week.
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Butler’s Donovan Carney shoots his eighth three-pointer of the game on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at New Castle.
Barrage of 3-pointers — including 8 by Donovan Carney — leads Butler past New Castle
January 5, 2024
Butler’s Donovan Carney was making shots from far beyond the arc, teammate Tayt Lucas hit a couple of 3-pointers and Kyle Casteel came off the bench shooting 3s with no hesitation.

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The undefeated Aliquippa football team celebrates after the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Dallas on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA policy won’t let Aliquippa argue health and safety in rejecting move to Class 5A
Two years ago, Aliquippa argued relentlessly that it was too dangerous to force the small-school Quips to play Class 5A football and ultimately the school won its PIAA appeal.

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The PIAA Class 6A football championship trophy sits on the field on Dec. 9, 2023, at Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley.
State representative asks whether PIAA needs ‘overhaul,’ proposes legislation to investigate
A Western Pennsylvania legislator and longtime member of the state Athletic Oversight Committee is asking whether the PIAA needs an overhaul.

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The Mt. Lebanon baseball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North Allegheny in the Class 6A final on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Wild Things Park to host WPIAL baseball finals through 2027
Wild Things Park will remain as host of the WPIAL baseball finals through at least the 2027 season.

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McGuffey coach Ed Dalton talks with his team during a preseason practice Aug. 17.
McGuffey football coach Ed Dalton resigns after 12 years, not ready for retirement
January 4, 2024
Ed Dalton is stepping down after 12 seasons as McGuffey’s football coach, but don’t mistake his resignation as an early retirement.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield takes the field with his team before the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA plans to move Aliquippa football to Class 5A under competitive-balance rule
In a move coach Mike Warfield called déjà vu, the PIAA has notified Aliquippa that its football team will be forced up another classification before next season.

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East Allegheny coach Dom Pecora talks to his team during practice before the 2022 season.
East Allegheny football coach Dom Pecora resigns after 8 straight playoff appearances
January 3, 2024
Winning a conference title and reaching the WPIAL semifinals will always be two of the happiest moments of his life, says East Allegheny football coach Dom Pecora, who is stepping down after 11 seasons with the Wildcats.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer celebrates after scoring during the first quarter against Highlands on Tuesday at Hampton.
Fast start leads Hampton past Highlands in key section clash
January 2, 2024
Sometimes games are decided by a fourth-quarter run, but Hampton showed Tuesday that the first few minutes can be just as crucial.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio celebrates with Bella Furno after scoring against McKeesport on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at Norwin.
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December 30, 2023
Class 6A

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love works against Derry’s Stanley Rajkovich during their game on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, at Derry Area.
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Class 6A

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Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Collodi watches a 7-on-7 competition at Mt. Lebanon last summer.
Mike Collodi resigns as Mt. Lebanon football coach after 1 season
December 27, 2023
Less than a year after becoming Mt. Lebanon’s football coach, Mike Collodi is reluctantly stepping down. He resigned Wednesday after one season, largely, he said, because he saw no path to a teaching job in the district.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner and receiver Pete Gonzalez talk with head coach Ryan Lehmeier during their game against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Class 6A
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Avonworth’s Andrew Kuban leaps over West Mifflin’s David Fleming during their game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in Ohio Twp.
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Mapletown’s A.J. Vanata works out during practice on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023, in Mapletown.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Tri-County South
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Aliquippa quarterback Quentin Goode hands off to Tiqwai “Tikey” Hayes during their game against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in Center Township.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Parkway
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Pine-Richland’s Ethan Pillar looks for room to run Oct. 20, 2023 at The Wolvarena.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Northeast
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Western Beaver quarterback Jaivin Peel throws a pass on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Industry.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Midwestern
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Belle Vernon’s Adam LaCarte intercepts a ball intended for Hickory’s Timmy Krivosh during the class 3A PIAA semifinal game Friday Dec. 1, 2023 at North Allegheny High School.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Interstate
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Mars’ Evan Wright beats Aliquippa’s Cleaster Longmire IV during 4A WPIAL semifinals Friday Nov. 17, 2023 at North Allegheny High School.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Greater Allegheny
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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner avoids Jeannette’s Lonnie Green in the third quarter Friday Oct. 13, 2023 at McKey Stadium.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Eastern
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Westinghouse’s Ty Abram eludes USO defenders on a touchdown run during their City League game on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
2023 All-City League Football Team
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Waynesburg’s Breydon Woods works out during practice in Waynesburg.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Century
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Fort Cherry head coach Tanner Garry talks with quarterback Matt Sieg during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Black Hills
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McKeesport’s Courtney Dunn celebrates after sacking Gateway quarterback Brad Birch on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, in Monroeville.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Big Seven
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Gateway’s Steven Jenkins celebrates after picking up a first down next to McKeesport’s Valdez Stuvaints during their game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, in Monroeville.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Big East
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Union quarterback Braylon Thomas throws a pass on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023, in Union.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Big 7
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Peters coach T.J. Plack is doused with water after winning the WPIAL Class 5A title.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Allegheny Six
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East Allegheny head coach Dom Pecora talks with his team next to Justin Snyder during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, in North Versailles.
2023 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Allegheny 6
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Steel Valley’s Donald Barksdale (3) scores a touchdown against Mohawk in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at West Allegheny.
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McKeesport’s Rachael Manfredo celebrates after scoring her 1,000th career point on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at Norwin.
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December 23, 2023
Class 6A

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Butler’s Braylon Littlejohn brings the ball upcourt against Franklin Regional’s Connor Crossey on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, in Murrysville.
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Central Catholic’s Xxavier Thomas returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown against North Allegheny during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Nov. 18, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Central Catholic’s Xxavier Thomas gets offer he ‘always wanted,’ commits to Penn State
December 21, 2023
Xxavier Thomas says he was ready to commit to Penn State since visiting the campus a year ago, but the Central Catholic junior first needed an offer from the Nittany Lions.

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Latrobe linebacker Alex Tatsch has 17 college offers.
Western Pa.’s top football prospects for the Class of 2025
December 20, 2023
For college coaches recruiting the WPIAL, linebacker has become a position of strength.

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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger rolls out in front of Pine-Richland’s Ryan Cory during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Martorelli Stadium.
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Here’s a look at the TribLive High School Sports Network’s Terrific 25 football all-stars for the 2023 season.

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Aliquippa’s Cam Lindsey scores against Dallas during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Early signing day for 2024: WPIAL football players announce Division I commitments
High school football recruits used to have to wait until February to sign a national letter of intent, but that changed starting in 2017, when the NCAA added an early signing period for Division I football.

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Burrell’s Macky Bennis (left) and Colter Christie (right) helped their team rise from unranked to No. 2 in Class 3A this week.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Dec. 17, 2023
December 16, 2023
Class 6A

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The Greensburg Salem girls basketball team rose from unranked to No. 4 in Class 4A this week.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Dec. 17, 2023
Class 6A

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Aliquippa’s QaLil Goode drives to the basket against Beaver Falls on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, at Aliquippa.
Just like Revis, state champion Aliquippa football players try to transition quickly to hoops
December 15, 2023
Aliquippa basketball coach Nick Lackovich, with a laugh, pointed out that sophomore Qalil Goode was doing his best Darrelle Revis impression.

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The Farrell Steelers play Westinghouse in a PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal on Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
District 10 grants Farrell’s release request, moving school closer to WPIAL return
December 13, 2023
The District 10 committee has granted Farrell’s request to leave that PIAA district, moving the Mercer County school one step closer to rejoining the WPIAL.

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St. Joseph’s Prep quarterback Samaj Jones scores past North Allegheny’s Nicholas Humphries (6) and Evan Lyon during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA football championship notebook: Despite criticism, St. Joseph’s Prep coach proud of powerhouse team’s achievements
December 11, 2023
St. Joseph’s Prep football has dominated the state’s largest classification for over a decade, and the Philadelphia team’s coach isn’t about to apologize for the school’s success.

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St. Joseph’s Prep quarterback Samaj Jones scores past North Allegheny’s James Donaldson during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny loses to defending champ St. Joseph’s Prep in mercy rule state final
December 9, 2023
MECHANICSBURG — In the 11 years since North Allegheny last reached the PIAA finals, the landscape in the state’s largest classification has shifted to the east.

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North Allegheny head coach Art Walker Jr. celebrates with his team after defeating Harrisburg in their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
North Allegheny embraces ‘who we are’ entering state championship clash with St. Joseph’s Prep
The team North Allegheny thought most about this week, the roster of players the Tigers maybe focused on more than any other, was North Allegheny.

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Imhotep Charter quarterback Mikal Davis eludes Peters Twp.’s Jake Velgich on a touchdown run during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Imhotep Charter too much for Peters Township in Class 5A state championship game
December 8, 2023
MECHANICSBURG — Peters Township’s defense had to tackle a running back headed to Georgia, a sophomore back with SEC offers and a freshman wideout already courted by Pitt and Penn State.

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Pittsburgh City League athletic director Karen Arnold presents Westinghouse’s Michael Richardson with the state runner-up trophy after the PIAA Class 2A championship game against Southern Columbia on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Southern Columbia’s 99-yard drive dashes Westinghouse’s state championship hopes
MECHANICSBURG — It was heartache again for the ‘House.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes and Quentin Goode celebrate with the state championship trophy after defeating Dallas in the PIAA Class 4A state final on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Aliquippa dominates Dallas to become school’s 1st undefeated state championship team
December 7, 2023
MECHANICSBURG — Not Ty Law. Not Darrelle Revis. None of the all-time greats in Aliquippa history had ever celebrated an undefeated state championship. That perfect ending had eluded the Quips five times before, including just a year ago here at Cumberland Valley.

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PIAA will let Woodland Hills, Charleroi fix enrollment mistakes, avoid promotion to higher classifications
December 6, 2023
The PIAA will let Woodland Hills and Charleroi fix mistakes the schools made when submitting their enrollments, errors that would’ve forced their teams into higher classifications.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield celebrates with Tikey Hayes late in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against McKeesport on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
Not concerned with any curse, bad luck or superstitions, Aliquippa aims to cap undefeated season with PIAA title
Aliquippa has an imperfect history in the state football finals that’s hard to explain.

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Imani Christian’s RJ Sledge celebrates after a Saints score during the WPIAL Class A championship game against Union on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Imani Christian basketball moving to 6A in 2024, football also playing up
December 4, 2023
Imani Christian is one of the smallest schools in WPIAL basketball, but the Saints want to compete with the big boys.

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner celebrates with Khiryn Boyd after defeating Harrisburg in their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
North Allegheny ends 11-year wait, moves on to state finals vs. powerhouse St. Joseph’s Prep
December 2, 2023
ALTOONA — North Allegheny is headed to the PIAA finals for the first time since 2012, and waiting for the Tigers will be a team that’s dominated the state for the past decade.

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Aliquippa’s John Tracy scores his first touchdown against Selinsgrove during their PIAA Class 4A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, at Central Cambria High School.
Aliquippa secures 3rd straight state finals appearance with win over Selinsgrove
December 1, 2023
EBENSBURG — There was some fourth-quarter suspense for Aliquippa as the final minutes ticked away in the state semifinal Friday night.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield talks with quarterback Quentin Goode during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against McKeesport last Friday at Acrisure Stadium.
Unheralded QB runs his family’s business — Aliquippa’s offense — with championship efficiency
November 30, 2023
In a jubilant locker room where the players were even louder than the cranked-up music, Aliquippa quarterback Quentin Goode paused to think about the WPIAL football title he’d just won and why it felt different than his first two.

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Moon’s Gabby Larson hoists the state championship trophy with teammates after defeating Abington Heights in the PIAA Class 3A final on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA releases updated enrollments, classifications for 2024-25, 2025-26 seasons
November 28, 2023
The PIAA has released updated enrollment numbers for all sports, giving high school teams their first look at classifications for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons.

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Central Catholic and Woodland Hills captains meet at midfield before the start of their game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
Potential enrollment error has Woodland Hills moving to WPIAL 6A football
Woodland Hills may have misreported its enrollment numbers to the PIAA, causing its sports teams to jump into higher classifications starting next year.

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Aliquippa’s Cam Lindsey scores past McKeesport defenders during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
20 times tough: Aliquippa handles McKeesport to add to record total of WPIAL championships
November 24, 2023
Cameron Lindsey could sum up Aliquippa’s night in just a few words: “Three for three.”

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes celebrates after scoring against Latrobe during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Nov. 10.
In 16th straight WPIAL title game appearance, Aliquippa to meet worthy adversary in McKeesport
November 22, 2023
As a first-year coach, Matt Miller led McKeesport to the 2016 WPIAL finals, a rapid ascent that maybe skewed his perception of the playoffs.

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Farrell’s Brandon Chambers is tackled by Westinghouse’s Donte Taylor during their PIAA quarterfinal Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
No guarantee WPIAL welcomes back Farrell, if District 10 approves school’s transfer
November 20, 2023
Farrell wants to come back to the WPIAL after almost two decades in District 10, but a potential homecoming for the Steelers is no guarantee.

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WPIAL continues investigation of racial slurs in Mohawk-Burrell football game
The WPIAL investigation is ongoing into allegations that racial slurs were used in a Burrell-Mohawk football game.

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North Allegheny’s Logan Kushner breaks into the secondary against Central Catholic in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 at Norwin.
With 6 TDs, North Allegheny QB Logan Kushner shines brightest in WPIAL title win over Central Catholic
November 18, 2023
“Best player on the field” was how North Allegheny coach Art Walker described his quarterback Logan Kushner.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes runs down the sideline for a second-quarter touchdown against Mars during the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 at North Allegheny.
Aliquippa headed ‘home’ to WPIAL finals, extending championship game streak to 16 years
Whether the stadium on the North Shore is called Heinz Field or Acrisure Stadium doesn’t much matter to Aliquippa’s football players, since they have their own nickname for it.

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Central Catholic’s Elijah Faulkner carries against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
Offense steps to forefront when Central Catholic, North Allegheny meet again for Class 6A title
November 17, 2023
The traditional style of a Central Catholic vs. North Allegheny game was always defined by the defenses. Just a year ago, they combined for a 7-3 score in a field-position battle.

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Peters Township’s Nate Miller (2) celebrates with Carter Shanafelt after Shanafelt scored his first touchdown against Moon on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Peters.
Peters Township eyes 1st WPIAL title, but defending champion Pine-Richland stands in the way
This was just another week of practice for Peters Township’s football team, exactly like any of the others the Indians had this season.

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Pine-Richland’s Aaron Strader (1) celebrates after a touchdown against Woodland Hills on Oct. 20.
5 things to watch: WPIAL playoff weekend split between finals, semifinals
November 16, 2023
Pine-Richland will eat breakfast together a few hours before kickoff, part of a pregame routine Saturday that differs from most weeks.

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The Steel Valley football team hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Beaver Falls in theClass 2A final on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
4 WPIAL football championships will be televised with support from Steelers
November 14, 2023
The four WPIAL football championship games held at Acrisure Stadium will be televised this year, thanks to support from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the WPIAL announced Tuesday.

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Penn-Trafford senor Ava Hershberger shows off her stick work during a PIAA Class 2A playoff game Nov. 7.
Coaches association names 2023 WPIAL field hockey all-stars
November 13, 2023
The WPIAL Field Hockey Coaches Association announced postseason honors Monday, including all-stars for each classification and a 24-person all-WPIAL team.

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The Farrell Steelers play Westinghouse in a PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal on Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
Farrell wants to rejoin WPIAL after nearly 2 decades in District 10
Farrell athletic director and football coach Anthony Pegues calls himself “a WPIAL guy,” since the Steelers played here in the WPIAL when he was on the team.

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Michael Cahill leads East Allegheny into the WPIAL semifinals, where it hasn’t been since 1992.
5 things we learned in Week 11 of the WPIAL football season: Semifinals feature new blood
November 11, 2023
Some teams are penciled into the semifinals before the WPIAL playoffs even start. Aliquippa, after winning Friday, will make its 17th straight appearance in the final four.

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Aliquippa’s Beno Williams pressures Latrobe quarterback John Wetzel during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Aliquippa.
WPIAL announces playoff sites for football semifinals
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Pine-Richland’s Grant Argiro celebrates the winning extra point against Penn Hills with 2 seconds left during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Martorelli Stadium.
Touchdown with 2 seconds left sends defending champ Pine-Richland back to WPIAL finals
November 10, 2023
Pine-Richland was two seconds away from a season-ending loss when freshman Aaron “Oobi” Strader narrowly crossed the goal line on a touchdown run that has the defending champion headed back to the WPIAL finals.

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Captains from Penn Hills and Pine-Richland meet with officials at midfield before their game on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 11: Regular season rematches dominate playoff schedule
About two months ago, Penn Hills coach Charles Morris made a prediction before he left the field at Pine-Richland’s stadium.

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WPIAL Equity Council to review Burrell’s allegations that Mohawk football players used racist remarks
November 9, 2023
The WPIAL will have a role in resolving the dispute between Burrell and Mohawk, whose football teams played a game marred by allegations of racial slurs.

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Burrell coach Shawn Liotta talks with his team at a 2019 7-on-7 tournament.
WPIAL allowing Burrell, Mohawk to settle racist taunts dispute
November 8, 2023
The WPIAL is hopeful Mohawk and Burrell can resolve allegations of racial taunts involving their football teams without the league’s intervention.

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Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke is in her 28th season. She also has coached teams at Butler and Bethel Park.
Judge grants Jonna Burke preliminary injunction letting basketball coach avoid PIAA suspension
A federal judge has granted Jonna Burke’s request for a preliminary injunction, a legal victory that lets the Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach avoid a PIAA suspension for now.

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Burrell coach Shawn Liotta was ejected before halftime of Friday’s WPIAL Class 2A first-round game at Mohawk.
Burrell football coach says playoff opponent used racial slurs, his protest led to ejection
November 5, 2023
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta said his players were targeted with racial slurs in a game Friday against Mohawk and that he was ejected after confronting game officials about it.

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North Allegheny coach Art Walker talks with officials before a game against Central Catholic on Sept. 22.
North Allegheny trying to make most of calm before the playoff storm
The North Allegheny football team didn’t have a game in the first week of the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean the Tigers took a week off.

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Moon’s Josh Bladel is tackled by Gateway defense on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 at Gateway High School’s Antimarino Stadium.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 10: Wildcat formation works for WPIAL teams
November 4, 2023
The wildcat formation is almost as old as WPIAL football itself, but the run-oriented offense is proving hard to stop.

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Latrobe’s Cody Krall celebrates with John Wetzel after Wetzel’s second-quarter touchdown run in Friday’s WPIAL playoff win over West Allegheny.
WPIAL announces sites, times for Friday’s football playoff games
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Moon’s Josh Bladel (48) runs the ball through Gateway defenders Friday.
No. 5 Moon thwarts final drive, runs past Gateway in WPIAL 5A quarterfinals
Moon ran the football almost 70 times Friday night, and Gateway coach Don Holl marveled that not once were the Tigers flagged for holding.

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WPIAL rules North Catholic baseball player ineligible after transfer
November 2, 2023
The WPIAL ruled North Catholic junior Jake McKee ineligible for the upcoming baseball season after transferring from New Brighton.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger scrambles against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 10: Run vs. pass option to decide Class 5A playoff openers
The run-pass option is a staple for offenses nowadays and this year’s WPIAL Class 5A bracket is one big RPO.

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South Fayette head coach Joe Rossi gets soaked with the water cooler after defeating Dunmore, 28-16, in the PIAA Class AA state championship game on Dec. 13, 2014, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.
2-time state champion Joe Rossi resigns as South Fayette football coach
November 1, 2023
Joe Rossi says his wife, Karley, should teach a course for coaches’ wives. The Rossis have four kids, they’re all involved in sports, and he was often busy as South Fayette’s football coach.

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Hempfield takes the field to play Latrobe on Sept. 8 at Spartan Stadium.
WPIAL adding teams to Class 6A football; PIAA releases enrollment parameters for next 2 school years
October 31, 2023
The WPIAL will have more Class 6A football teams next season with Hempfield and Norwin set to join the league’s big-school classification.

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Hopewell head coach Matt Weiss watches his team during practice on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, in Hopewell.
Hopewell football coach Matt Weiss resigns after 5 seasons
Hopewell football coach Matt Weiss resigned Monday after five seasons with the Vikings, a program that has struggled significantly for more than a decade.

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West Allegheny quarterback Brock Cornell throws a pass under pressure from Central Valley’s Tyler Ondrusek on Friday, Oct. 19, 2023, in North Fayette.
WPIAL shows love for traditionally tough Parkway, gives home games to 4 teams
October 29, 2023
West Allegheny’s football team rode on a bus for more than an hour a year ago when the Indians opened the WPIAL playoffs in Fayette County.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner carries for a first down against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
Breaking down the WPIAL football playoffs: Favorites, challengers, predictions
October 28, 2023
Favorite: Central Catholic reached the WPIAL finals in nine of the past 10 seasons, winning five titles in that span. This year’s team outscored conference opponents 190-35, led by senior QB Payton Wehner (2,300 yards, 31 TDs). WR Peter Gonzalez (Penn State), LB/TE Cole Sullivan (Wisconsin) and LB Anthony Speca (Penn State) are all Big Ten recruits. First-year coach Ryan Lehmeier won WPIAL titles as a Pine-Richland assistant.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes celebrates after scoring against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in Center Twp.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings, Week ending Oct. 29, 2023
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Neshannock’s Patrick Argiro works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Neshannock.
WPIAL reveals pairings for 2023 football playoffs
Neshannock is already the Midwestern Conference champion, but to reach the WPIAL finals the Lancers will need to win the Century Conference, too.

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North Allegheny rowers compete during the 2023 fall season.
North Allegheny plans ‘Learn to Row’ event to teach students, prospective team members
Bailey Chick wasn’t someone who grew up rowing, and in fact didn’t try the sport until she was a college student at Temple. But one day the rowing team there was inviting novices to practice, so she went and gave it a try.

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Aliquippa’s Demarkus Walker celebrates after returning a fumble for a touchdown against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in Center Twp.
Final WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast 2023 football playoff pairings
Let the guesswork begin.

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Aliquippa’s John Tracy stiff-arms Central Valley’s J.J. Work during the fourth quarter on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in Center Twp.
Aliquippa uses 1-play touchdown drives to top rival Central Valley, clinch Parkway title
The biggest worry for a defense facing Aliquippa isn’t a long, grinding touchdown drive that eats the clock and wears you away physically.

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Belle Vernon’s Alonzo Wade celebrates a defensive stop in a Sept. 8 game.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 9: Head-to-head matchups to decide 9 conference titles
October 27, 2023
The wait is over.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes shakes hands with Central Valley’s James Moran after their game on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Conference title hopes add heft to Aliquippa, Central Valley rivalry
One of coach Mike Warfield’s favorite sayings compares the fragility of success with that of a crystal glass, saying both can “break into 1,000 pieces” if you don’t hold onto them.

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Peters Twp.’s Nate Miller (2) celebrates with Carter Shanafelt after Shanafelt scored his first touchdown against Moon on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Peters.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast 2023 football playoff pairings
October 26, 2023
Pairing the WPIAL football brackets is a difficult job once the playoff field is set, but it’s much, much harder when 15 spots are still undecided. That’s the situation now.

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WPIAL announces pairings for 2023 field hockey playoffs
October 24, 2023
Defending WPIAL field hockey champions Pine-Richland and Penn-Trafford each earned No. 1 seeds Tuesday when the WPIAL playoff brackets were announced.

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Keystone Oaks senior Clinton Robinson was sidelined with an elbow injury.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 8: WPIAL playoff hopefuls shake off early-season losses
October 21, 2023
Not only did Keystone Oaks lose three of its first four games, the Eagles also started the season by losing their best player to injury.

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Julian Cordice and his Cornell teammates entered the Class A top five this week.
WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Oct. 22, 2023
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North Allegheny sophomore Luke Walkauskas
‘Young and hungry’ North Allegheny takes ice with new-look roster
Only a sophomore, Luke Walkauskas skates on one of North Allegheny’s top lines, where he’s joined by two more 10th graders in Brendan White and Eddie Scherer.

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Pine-Richland’s Ethan Pillar (44) falls forward for extra yards against Woodland Hills on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 at The Wolvarena.
Pine-Richland’s punishing ground game too much for Woodland Hills
There is nothing fancy about Pine-Richland’s wildcat offense and by now, it could hardly catch anyone by surprise.

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Imani Christian’s Alier Maluk carries the state championship trophy from the court after defeating Berlin Brothersvalley in the PIAA Class A final on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Former Imani Christian standout Alier Maluk commits to Florida State
October 20, 2023
Former WPIAL basketball player Alier Maluk, who won a state title last winter with Imani Christian, announced his commitment to Florida State on Friday.

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Central Valley head coach Mark Lyons during a 7on7 competition at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 8: Traditionally tough Parkway lives up to reputation
The Parkway Conference was traditionally considered among the best battles in WPIAL football, and this year’s version has lived up to that reputation.

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Woodland Hills head coach Brian Tarrant watches his team at a preseason practice.
Close friends to match wits when Pine-Richland, Woodland Hills meet in critical Class 5A clash
First-year Woodland Hills coach Brian Tarrant says he probably wouldn’t have his job without help from friend Jon LeDonne.

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North Allegheny’s Kyrell Hutcherson defends against Seneca Valley’s Cole Brooks during their game on Jan. 12, 2021, in Jackson.
Former Kiski Area athlete Kyrell Hutcherson suing school district, WPIAL, PIAA, claiming racial discrimination
October 19, 2023
A former high school athlete who defeated the WPIAL and PIAA in court almost three years ago has sued the organizations again, this time saying they violated his civil rights by racially discriminating against him.

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North Allegheny guard Lincoln Hoke works against Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca during their game Sept. 22 in McCandless.
Steelers, NFL roots run deep with North Allegheny football team
October 15, 2023
There usually is a Super Bowl champion or two somewhere in the crowd at North Allegheny football games and it’s been that way for about a decade.

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Westinghouse’s Taymir O’Neal celebrates a first down catch next to USO’s Tyvon Morse during their City League game on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
Coin flip decides final 2 spots in City League football playoffs
Allderdice, Brashear and Perry finished tied in the City League standings, which was a problem since only two could qualify for the football playoffs.

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Jefferson-Morgan coach Shane Ziats works with his team during practice during preseason camp in August.
5 things we learned in Week 7 of WPIAL high school football: Long playoff drought over
October 14, 2023
One of the WPIAL’s longest active playoff droughts is over, and another long streak also could end this year.

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Lorenzo Fancher’s East Allegheny Wildcats entered the Class 3A rankings this week.
WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Oct. 15, 2023
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McKeesport’s Keith Spell stiff-arms Gateway’s Carlos Diggs en route to a 79-yard touchdown during their game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, in Monroeville.
Bruising McKeesport running back Spell spells trouble for Gateway
October 13, 2023
McKeesport fullback Keith Spell was losing steam on a 79-yard touchdown run, so the senior turned, stiff-armed the nearest tackler to the ground and continued into the end zone.

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McKeesport’s Anthony Boyd celebrates a touchdown against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023.
5 things to watch in Week 7: How will WPIAL teams approach late-season nonconference matchups?
The WPIAL schedule-makers gave McKeesport a nonconference game this week, which some coaches might dread this late in the season.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger celebrates with Martel Palmer after connecting for a touchdown against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
Might Penn Hills try to ‘simulate’ winning strategy in matchup with Central Catholic?
October 12, 2023
Needless to say, Penn Hills was interested in watching game film from Central Catholic’s loss last week, since that was the first time the Vikings had looked vulnerable all season.

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Moon head coach Billy Pfeifer walks from the field with goalkeeper Serayah Leech after their tie against section foe South Fayette on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, at South Fayette.
Moon coach Bill Pfeifer nears 500th win, an unprecedented feat in WPIAL girls soccer
October 10, 2023
Undefeated state champion, national coach of the year and the winningest coach in Pennsylvania girls soccer history. Moon’s Bill Pfeifer was all of those last fall and says he thought about retiring on top after a season that couldn’t have gone any better.

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Quarterback Jonah Williamson helped Trinity beat Thomas Jefferson for the first time since 1987.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 6: Trinity finds diamond with signature win
October 7, 2023
There’s a popular meme that shows two miners digging for diamonds, but one gives up within inches of striking it rich.

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Fort Cherry leaped from unranked to the top of the Class A heap this week.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Oct. 7, 2023
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The North Allegheny football team waits to take the field before a game against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
North Allegheny shakes off rivalry loss, focuses on future
North Allegheny’s football stadium was filled nearly to capacity for a hyped-up game with rival Central Catholic. There was an electric atmosphere in the crowd, yet the Tigers ended the night feeling drained after a lopsided loss.

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Peters Twp.’s Carter Shanafelt scores past Moon’s Dominic Kolocouris during the second quarter on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Peters.
Carter Shanafelt scores 4 times as Peters Township rockets past Moon
Speedy receiver Carter Shanafelt was in such a hurry Friday night that he started a second-half rally before halftime.

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Shady Side Academy forfeits football game against Knoch
October 6, 2023
Shady Side Academy has forfeited Friday night’s football game against Knoch because of an illness among “several players,” the school announced hours before kickoff.

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Peters Township linebacker Reston Lehman celebrates after defeating South Fayette in 2022.
‘Outside of the box’ defense has Peters Township ranked No. 1 in WPIAL 5A
Peters Township’s T.J. Plack is an offensive-minded head coach of a high-scoring team that averages five touchdowns a week, yet he raves about a defense he calls special.

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Dick Butkus works with Montour senior Morgan Singletary during a 2005 practice.
5 things to watch in Week 6: As NFL mourns, WPIAL remembers ‘coach’ Dick Butkus
Dick Butkus became legendary as one of the fiercest linebackers in NFL history, but folks around the WPIAL might remember him as “Coach” Butkus.

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Avonworth’s Dimitri Velisaris rushed for 174 yards in Friday’s win over West Mifflin.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 5: Ground game pays off in win column
September 30, 2023
One of the WPIAL’s leading rushers shook off an ankle injury and returned to the field Friday night, helping West Greene’s offense run its way to victory.

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Nick McCullough and Peters Township remained atop the Class 5A rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 30. 2023
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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler wins the Class 3A girls race at the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships in 2021.
For North Allegheny cross country team, it’s a matter of staying the course
When it comes to putting down cones, North Allegheny might be second only to PennDOT. There are always plenty lining the school’s cross county course in North Park.

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Avonworth’s Andrew Kuban eludes West Mifflin’s Del Ron White en route to a third quarter touchdown during their game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in Ohio Twp.
Wildcat attack sparks dominant 3rd quarter as Avonworth runs away from West Mifflin
There was no fiery halftime speech, but instead, one offensive adjustment had Avonworth looking like a different team in the third quarter.

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Knoch’s Brady Pflugh (right) and Ethan Alwine chase Elizabeth Forward’s Charlie Nigut on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 5: Finally, every team has reached conference play
September 29, 2023
WPIAL teams are now five weeks into the football season and 14 schools had yet to play a conference game.

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Avonworth’s Andrew Kuban works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, in Ohio Twp.
Fear the Antelopes: Under-the-radar Avonworth to meet West Mifflin in key conference clash
September 28, 2023
Would there be more buzz for a type of cat, bear or angry bird?

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Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke leads a huddle during the 2022-23 season.
Suspended Shady Side Academy coach Jonna Burke files lawsuit against PIAA
September 27, 2023
Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke, who’s facing a one-year suspension for an alleged recruiting violation, has sued the PIAA seeking an injunction that would let her coach.

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North Catholic’s Brady O’Hara pulls in a catch between Highlands’ MenageLucas and Montrell Johnson Thursday Sept. 15, 2023 at J.C. Stone Field.
North Catholic junior Brady O’Hara commits to Penn State: ‘White Out sold it for me’
September 26, 2023
North Catholic junior Brady O’Hara has visited Penn State’s campus enough times that he’s almost lost count.

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Tikey Hayes announces his commitment to play football at Penn State on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, at Aliquippa High School.
Aliquippa junior Tiqwai Hayes commits to Penn State
September 25, 2023
When Penn State assistant coach Terry Smith visited an Aliquippa football practice three years ago, he approached Quips coach Mike Warfield with a question.

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The Fleet, Central Catholic’s student section, cheers on the Vikings against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 4: Brownsville wins for 1st time in 4 seasons
September 23, 2023
The drive home from Cupples Stadium is about an hour, but good news travels faster than Brownsville’s team bus.

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Garrett Eicher and his Mt. Pleasant teammates jumped into the Class 3A rankings this week.
WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 24, 2023
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North Allegheny’s Arnav Patel celebrates with Zach Nash after scoring against Seneca Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in McCandless.
North Allegheny boys soccer team living up to standards set by 2nd-year coach
This is year two for Manuel Montero, and the North Allegheny boys soccer coach says there’s a much greater comfort level for the team this fall, and it shows.

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Central Catholic’s Elijah Faulkner dives into the end zone to score his first touchdown against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
Central Catholic makes statement, handles North Allegheny
September 22, 2023
There already were reasons to believe Central Catholic was the team to beat in the WPIAL, starting with a roster that’s heavy in major-college recruits.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner carries against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
North Allegheny, Central Catholic are familiar rivals, but this No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash has different feel
North Allegheny’s practices were noticeably faster this week, said coach Art Walker, but the Tigers weren’t getting off the field any earlier. It’s just that the defense was working at a quicker pace.

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Peters Township wide receiver Ethan Wertman catches a pass at practice.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 4: Schedule pits No. 1 vs. No. 2 in top-ranked matchups
If a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup wasn’t enough excitement for a Friday night, this week also is homecoming at Peters Township, so football coach T.J. Plack had a message for his players.

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WPIAL medals are shown at the district swimming championships.
Laurel school board limits girls sports at its facilities to athletes with ‘XX chromosomes’
September 20, 2023
Citing concerns over safety and fairness, one WPIAL school district has adopted a gender policy that limits girls sports to biological females.

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WPIAL says discipline for ‘egregious’ Imani Christian-Steel Valley fight rests with schools
September 18, 2023
“Egregious” was how WPIAL executive director Scott Seltzer described Friday’s fight between Imani Christian and Steel Valley football players, but he was optimistic there’d be a resolution without WPIAL intervention.

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Waynesburg’s Breydon Woods works during a preseason practice.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 3: Turnarounds abound this year
September 16, 2023
Call this the year of the turnaround.

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Fight mars final minute of Imani Christian-Steel Valley football game
The WPIAL will look into an on-field fight that marred the final minute of Friday night’s football game between Imani Christian and Steel Valley.

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Jackson Bauman (left) and his Knoch teammates joined the WPIAL Class 3A rankings this week.
WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 17, 2023
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Beaver’s Amari Jackson eludes South Park’s Robert Lenzi along the sideline during their game on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, in Beaver.
No. 4 Beaver has right answers for defeating No. 5 South Park in Western Hills opener
Amari Jackson was upset for about 15 seconds and Beaver teammate Qualan Cain felt down for no more than 20.

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West Mifflin’s Rico Steele works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, in West Mifflin.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 3: Preseason contenders cope with 0-3 starts
September 15, 2023
West Mifflin started the season ranked second in WPIAL Class 3A, but the Titans are still winless after three weeks.

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Westinghouse’s Ty Abram scores past USO’s Brandon Masie during their City League game on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
Westinghouse tops University Prep, but ‘made too many mistakes’ for state title aspirations
Westinghouse sophomore Kyshawn Robinson scored twice and senior Sincere Shannon forced a fumble with a strip sack, but neither was all too happy.

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The Pine-Richland student section cheers on the Rams during their game against Penn Hills on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
PIAA changes how it counts students, likely increasing public school enrollment numbers
September 13, 2023
Public schools will see their enrollments increase in the next few months, at least according to PIAA statistics.

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PIAA championship trophy for boys basketball
NIL violations will leave high school athletes ineligible under new PIAA policy
Pennsylvania high school athletes who repeatedly violate name, image and likeness rules would lose their eligibility entirely under penalties adopted Wednesday by the PIAA.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger lunges into the end zone to score against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
5 things we learned in Week 2: Rough night for defending WPIAL champions
September 11, 2023
Week 2 was a rough night for defending WPIAL champions.

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Mt. Lebanon’s James Green (6) helped his team move up to No. 3 in the Class 6A rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 10, 2023
September 9, 2023
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Injured Laurel Highlands football player Antwan Black, flown by medical helicopter, ‘in good spirits’
As injured teammate Antwan Black Jr. was on his way to the hospital, first by ambulance and then by helicopter, Laurel Highlands players had a tough decision to make.

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North Allegheny’s Kyra Schmidt plays against Shaler Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny reloads lineup in quest for 7th straight PIAA volleyball title
First-time starters on the North Allegheny girls volleyball team surely have more seasoning than most since they’ve practiced for years against a state championship lineup.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger scrambles against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
Quarterback Julian Dugger shows his versatility as No. 1 Penn Hills holds off No. 2 Pine-Richland
It’s no exaggeration when Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger says he did everything he could to win this one.

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Thomas Jefferson receiver Sean Sullivan goes in motion behind quarterback Luke Kosko during practice on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Jefferson.
5 things to watch in Week 2: WPIAL teams are winning with multiple QBs
September 8, 2023
There’s an old saying about football teams with two starting quarterbacks actually having none, but Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak clearly disagrees.

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Penn Hills’ Amir Key catches a pass during preseason practice.
‘Champs until proven otherwise:’ Penn Hills challenges Pine-Richland in No. 1 vs. 2 clash
September 7, 2023
Penn Hills is ranked No. 1 in WPIAL football, but Pine-Richland is the reigning conference, WPIAL and PIAA champion until someone takes those titles away.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes works out on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
Aliquippa running back Tiqwai Hayes narrows college options to Top 8
September 5, 2023
College football teams from the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 are among the eight favorites to land Aliquippa running back Tiqwai Hayes.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Fred LaSota carries past Bethel Park’s Jack Bruckner during the second quarter Friday.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 1: Longtime Bethel Park coach returns but on opposite sideline
September 2, 2023
Seeing Jeff Metheny at Bethel Park’s football stadium isn’t unusual, but seeing the longtime Black Hawks coach wearing Mt. Lebanon colors certainly is.

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Quinton Martin helped to lead Class 3A No. 1 Belle Vernon to a victory over Laurel Highlands on Friday.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 3, 2023
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Mt. Lebanon’s Noah Schaerli celebrates after catching the winning touchdown in overtime to defeat Bethel Pak, 19-16, on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at Bethel Park.
Mt. Lebanon tops rival Bethel Park in overtime, avenging last year’s OT loss
September 1, 2023
Mt. Lebanon thought they’d won and then were sure they’d lost, so the surprised smile junior Noah Schaerli showed afterward summed up Friday’s win perfectly.

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Bethel Park head coach Phil Peckich watches his team work out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Bethel Park.
Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon ignore talk of ‘down year’ after coaching change, graduations
New head coaches. Rosters hurt by graduation. Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon came into this football season with similar situations.

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The Aliquippa football team works out at the Quips’ new stadium on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
5 things to watch in Week 1: A red-letter day in Aliquippa as the new Heinz Field opens
Not only is Aliquippa’s new football stadium named Heinz Field, but like its North Shore namesake, the Red Zone should be popular.

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Central Catholic coach Ryan Lehmeier talks with his offense during their game against Woodland Hills on Friday.
5 things we learned in Week Zero: New coaches find success quickly
August 26, 2023
Central Catholic players were kneeling around new coach Ryan Lehmeier in a postgame circle when longtime Vikings assistant Ron Fuchs spoke up.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner slides for a first down against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
Trib HSSN WPIAL high school football rankings: Week ending Aug. 27, 2023
WPIAL football rankings

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Central Catholic’s Vernon Settles scores during the third quarter against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
Central Catholic routs Woodland Hills in Ryan Lehmeier’s debut as Vikings coach
There’s no question Ryan Lehmeier’s reputation as a motivator and sharp offensive mind enticed Central Catholic to hire him as a first-time head coach.

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Central Catholic head coach Ryan Lehmeier works with his team during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
August 24, 2023
TribLive HSSN broke down the top players at one position per day leading up to Week Zero. Now, here’s a look at the top coaching changes for the 2023 season.

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Upper St. Clair kicker Bennett Henderson takes a celebratory selfie after the Panthers’ 24-21 victory over Gateway in the first-round of the 2022 WPIAL football playoffs Nov. 4, 2022.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the specialists
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top specialists for the 2023 season.

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Central Catholic assistant coach Jason Pinkston uses a television while talking with players during a game at Seneca Valley last season. Teams increasingly are able to analyze film during games.
High school teams go high tech: Local football programs invest in innovative tools
North Allegheny’s Art Walker has coached long enough to remember when filming practice required a bulky camcorder and tapes.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross plays against Union in the WPIAL Class A championship game on Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top safeties for the 2023 season.

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Bishop Canevin’s Kole Olszewski throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp May 13 at Valley High School.
Bishop Canevin gets back to basics in quest to return to top of WPIAL Class A heap
August 23, 2023
Bishop Canevin coach Rich Johnson believes his team will be boring at times this season, and he’s excited to see it.

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Westinghouse’s Kyshawn Robinson (2) defends a pass against Allderdice last season at Cupples Stadium.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the cornerbacks
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top cornerbacks for the 2023 season.

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Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke
PIAA upholds 1-year suspension for Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke
August 22, 2023
The PIAA sided with the WPIAL on Tuesday and upheld the one-year suspension of Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke.

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Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan works out with teammates during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top linebackers for the 2023 season.

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Central Catholic’s Ty Yuhas works out during practice on Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 21, 2023
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top defensive linemen for the 2023 season.

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Clairton’s Michael Wright throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp at Valley High School.
With roster loaded with skill, Clairton planning to return to WPIAL championship picture
August 20, 2023
Call it what you want, football in shorts or touch football, but Clairton coach Wayne Wade sees some value in 7-on-7 tournaments, so his Bears spend the summer competing in them.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger works out during practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Penn Hills.
2023 WPIAL Class 5A football breakdown: Reaching postseason no easy task
In WPIAL Class 5A, there’s no room for error.

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Shaler tight end Brandon London
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top tight ends for the 2023 season.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Cory works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Pine.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the offensive line
August 19, 2023
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top offensive linemen for the 2023 season.

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Clairton officials unveiled artist renderings of renovations to Neil C. Brown Stadium on Aug. 18, 2023, at Clairton.
Clairton seeking donations to renovate 93-year-old football stadium
August 18, 2023
Before next football season, Clairton’s nearly century-old stadium could undergo a major renovation with new seats, locker rooms and restrooms, artificial turf, modern lighting and a brickwork entrance.

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Central Catholic receiver Peter Gonzalez catches a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top wide receivers for the 2023 season.

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Imani coach LaRoi Johnson looks on as quarterback Stephen Vandiver throws during a 7-on-7 competition July 24 at Burrell High School.
Enthusiasm grows at Imani Christian with numbers up, talent abundant
August 17, 2023
Imani Christian’s practices look different this summer than last, largely because there are twice as many players.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes smiles after making a play on defense during practice on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top running backs for the 2023 season.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Penn Hills.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 15, 2023
Starting today, TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top quarterbacks for the 2023 season.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with his team during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, at Mars.
With experienced roster returning, Mars’ jump is ‘mind blowing’
August 12, 2023
Mars coach Eric Kasperowicz doesn’t go out of his way to compare his current team with his previous one, but he does see some promising similarities.

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New North Allegheny hall of famer Mike McMahon tutoring next generation of QBs
Some quarterbacks get starting jobs early in high school, draw college offers as sophomores and hear fans predict how they’ll someday play on Sundays.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes works out on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
Skill returns, but Aliquippa has holes to fill in quest for WPIAL 3-peat
August 11, 2023
In a tradition-rich football town with 19 WPIAL titles, change doesn’t come easily for everyone.

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Woodland Hills head coach Brian Tarrant watches his team practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
New Woodland Hills coach expects big, athletic line to pave way to success
August 10, 2023
Woodland Hills football is well known for the wide receivers, running backs and defense backs who migrated from Friday nights to Saturdays and eventually Sunday afternoons.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch takes a snap during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Monroeville.
With new big-play offense, Gateway looks to return to playoff win column
August 9, 2023
Most visitors return from Florida with theme park souvenirs, a suntan and maybe some oranges, but Gateway coach Don Holl brought home a new offense.

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Central Catholic linebacker Anthony Speca works out with teammates during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
As football season begins with heat week, Central Catholic starts to lay foundation
August 7, 2023
Central Catholic’s new football coach, Ryan Lehmeier, and his predecessor, Terry Totten, were both on the practice field Monday when the Vikings started heat acclimation.

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Blackhawk head coach Zack Hayward watches practice on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Chippewa.
Blackhawk preparing to change football coaches days before camp starts
Add one more name to the list of schools with new head football coaches.

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Westinghouse cornerback Kyshawn Robinson (2) defends a pass against Allderdice last season at Cupples Stadium.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Westinghouse’s Kyshawn Robinson
August 5, 2023
Westinghouse reached the state finals last fall with a senior-heavy lineup, so the Bulldogs are destined for a down year, right?

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North Catholic defensive end Brady O’Hara looks around while squatting in formation during practice at North Catholic High School on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: North Catholic’s Brady O’Hara
July 30, 2023
Being tall isn’t a new experience for North Catholic’s Brady O’Hara.

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PIAA state championship trophy for basketball.
‘No one has a better answer:’ PIAA relying on principals to identify transgender athletes
July 29, 2023
High school principals in Pennsylvania are asked to identify transgender athletes as male or female under PIAA rules, while other states empower a health care provider or use a student’s birth certificate to make that decision.

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West Mifflin’s Rico Steele was an all-conference lineman in 2022.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: West Mifflin’s Rico Steele
July 25, 2023
Rico Steele earned all-conference honors a year ago as a big-bodied brawler, but the West Mifflin lineman spent the offseason reinventing himself.

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Jonna Burke
Recruiting by H.S. coaches under microscope after Shady Side basketball coach’s suspension
July 22, 2023
A one-year suspension is the punishment for any PIAA coach caught recruiting, but is that rule taken seriously in every case and in all corners of the state?

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Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke has coached for 28 seasons and accumulated 500 wins. She also has coached teams at Butler and Bethel Park.
WPIAL suspends Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke for recruiting violation
July 20, 2023
When the parents of a basketball player from another school followed her on Twitter, Shady Side Academy coach Jonna Burke checked their profiles and sent them a direct message.

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Mt. Lebanon lineman Connor Young plays against Gateway last season in Monroeville.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Mt. Lebanon’s Connor Young
July 18, 2023
Watching game film of last season was Mike Collodi’s way to learn quickly about the Blue Devils roster he inherited after Mt. Lebanon hired him as football coach.

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Bethel Park’s Ben Guffey shoots a free throw in front of the Baldwin student section late in the game on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, at Baldwin.
1-and-1 free throws eliminated in basketball rule changes approved by PIAA
July 14, 2023
The one-and-one free throw has effectively fouled out of Pennsylvania high school basketball.

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The Shaler Area baseball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Strath Haven in the PIAA Class 5A final on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
PIAA expands competitive-balance rule to include baseball, softball, soccer and other sports
The PIAA competitive-balance rule that now targets only football and basketball is expanding to include more team sports and some individual ones.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross throws a pass during practice.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross
July 12, 2023
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of 25 profiles of the members of the Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team.

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Oakland A’s select Brownsville outfielder Derrick Tarpley in MLB Draft
July 11, 2023
Brownsville maybe isn’t a familiar stop for some MLB scouts, but the Oakland A’s visited multiple times this spring to see senior outfielder Derrick Tarpley.

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Joe Namath shares a laugh during a 2011 ceremony at Beaver Falls High School.
USA Today names 3 WPIAL greats among best high school quarterbacks in history
July 10, 2023
Who was the best high school quarterback in history?

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North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell avoids Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal at Fox Chapel.
North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell follows familiar path, commits to Duquesne basketball
July 7, 2023
Kellie McConnell’s family is already linked with Duquesne basketball’s past and present, so she decided to help shape the program’s future as well.

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Avonworth pitcher Alivia Lantzy delivers against Seton LaSalle during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Montour High School.
2023 Pennsylvania All-State Softball Team
July 6, 2023
Avonworth’s Alivia Lantzy, Seneca Valley’s Lexie Hames and Serra Catholic’s Caroline Malandra earned individual honors Thursday when the all-state softball team was announced.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores past Lincoln Park’s DeAndre Moye during their PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal on Friday, March 17, 2023, at Norwin.
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher named 2022-23 TribLive HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year
July 2, 2023
Rodney Gallagher was so good at both basketball and football that the Laurel Highlands star considered for a while trying to play both in college.

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Freedom’s Shaye Bailey celebrates with teammates after defeating Springdale in the WPIAL Class A championship game on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Highmark Stadium.
Freedom’s Shaye Bailey named 2022-23 TribLive HSSN Girls Athlete of the Year
In an era where specialization is trendy in high school sports, Freedom’s Shaye Bailey doesn’t like that idea.

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Shaler’s Miguel Hugas celebrates his home run with teammates during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Strath Haven on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
2023 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year: Shaler’s Miguel Hugas
July 1, 2023
The Strath Haven students behind the third base dugout decided to taunt Miguel Hugas with chants of “overrated.”

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Westinghouse’s Michael Richardson (right) and Nyxai Robinson sack Farrell’s Kabron Smith during the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals.
Looking back: The WPIAL’s top storylines from 2022-23
Nov. 11, 2022

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Canevin quarterback Jason Cross throws during the Willie Thrower quarterbacks camp Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Valley High School.
Bishop Canevin safety Jason Cross, whose recruiting stock soared, commits to West Virginia
June 30, 2023
As one of the WPIAL’s hottest football recruits, Jason Cross spent months touring far-flung college campuses, with visits to Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Kentucky, Syracuse and Cincinnati on his calendar.

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Neshannock pitcher Addyson Frye delivers against Laurel during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Lilly Field.
2023 TribLive HSSN Softball All-Stars
June 29, 2023
Neshannock’s Addyson Frye and Union’s Mia Preuhs were only sophomores this spring, yet the standout pitchers are already two-time WPIAL champions each.

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Seton LaSalle’s DiMaggio LoNero celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Serra Catholic in the Class 2A final on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
2023 TribLive HSSN Baseball All-Stars
June 28, 2023
This was a historic spring for WPIAL baseball teams, starting with Riverside’s undefeated run to a state championship, something no other WPIAL team had ever accomplished.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes carries past Central Valley’s Tyler Ondrusek during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
KDKA announces 10-game high school football schedule for Pittsburgh’s CW
June 26, 2023
KDKA will televise regular season high school football games this fall on sister station Pittsburgh’s CW starting with an Aug. 25 contest between Blackhawk and Beaver Falls.

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North Allegheny’s Maddie Fickess celebrates with teammates during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Garnet Valley on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny added more plaques, medals to trophy case during 2022-23 school year
June 24, 2023
This was another banner year for North Allegheny athletics with teams winning WPIAL titles, PIAA championships, and even a Gatorade Player of the Year award for the school’s top girls volleyball player.

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Central Catholic’s Pete Gonzalez catches a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone, as Seneca Valley’s Brandon Page defends during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic wide receiver Peter Gonzalez commits to Penn State
June 23, 2023
Central Catholic wide receiver Peter Gonzalez, one of the state’s top college recruits, committed Friday to Penn State.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Patt McCloskey hugs David Shields while presenting his silver medal after the PIAA Class 6A championship game against Father Judge on Saturday at Penn State.
Mt. Lebanon’s 7th-inning rally falls short in state finals loss to Father Judge
June 17, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK – The Mt. Lebanon baseball players left the state championship game with silver medals, but the Blue Devils’ coach insisted he’d always remembered this team as golden.

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Keystone Oaks defensive back Clinton Robinson commits to Syracuse
Keystone Oaks defensive back Clinton Robinson, who’ll be a senior in the fall, has committed to Syracuse.

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Shaler senior Derek Leas carries the state championship trophy from the field after defeating Strath Haven in the PIAA Class 5A final on Thursday at Penn State.
Shaler erases 5-run deficit, celebrates PIAA title with walk-off win
June 15, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK — Starting pitcher Derek Leas lasted only nine batters before his coach pulled him from the mound, but this state championship will be remembered for its improbable comebacks.

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Riverside pitcher Christian Lucarelli celebrates an inning-ending strikeout during the PIAA Class 3A championship game Thursday at Penn State.
Riverside makes history as undefeated PIAA baseball champion
UNIVERSITY PARK — In his 55 years as baseball coach at Riverside, Dan Oliastro has seen quite a bit, but he’d never seen this.

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The Steel Valley football team hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Beaver Falls in the Class 2A final Nov. 25, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium.
WPIAL awards streaming rights to NFHS Network; future of free viewing of championships in doubt
June 14, 2023
High school sports fans likely will have to pay to watch WPIAL football and basketball championships after the league awarded video streaming rights for its playoffs to the NFHS Network.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Tanner Donati talks with head coach Patt McCloskey after his RBI triple against Cedar Cliff during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at Mt. Aloysius.
Mt. Lebanon celebrates Senior Week with win over Cedar Cliff, trip to state finals
June 13, 2023
Many of Tanner Donati’s classmates traveled to Ocean City, Md., to celebrate their recent high school graduation with a week of sand and sun.

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Shaler pitcher Miguel Hugas scores against Penn-Trafford during their PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Gateway.
PIAA postpones Mt. Lebanon, Shaler baseball state semifinals to Tuesday
June 11, 2023
WPIAL champions Mt. Lebanon and Shaler were among the baseball teams who had their PIAA semifinals postponed due to rainy weather Monday.

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North Allegheny grad Ray Brinzer was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in the Class of 2023.
North Allegheny’s Ray Brinzer takes place among other WPIAL all-time greats
June 10, 2023
Thinking back to his 109-match winning streak in high school, former North Allegheny wrestler Ray Brinzer admits he was a little surprised.

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Shaler pitcher Miguel Hugas delivers against Penn-Trafford during their PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Gateway.
Shaler ace Miguel Hugas comes through in PIAA quarterfinal win over Penn-Trafford
June 8, 2023
The original plan for Shaler ace Miguel Hugas wasn’t to pitch him in the state quarterfinals, but Penn-Trafford ran into the talented Alabama recruit here anyway.

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Pine-Richland offensive lineman Ryan Cory celebrates as the clock ticks down during the Rams’ victory over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
Wisconsin lands another WPIAL recruit as Pine-Richland lineman Ryan Cory commits
June 6, 2023
Six hundred miles separate the University of Wisconsin from Western Pennsylvania, but the Badgers’ football coaches keep attracting WPIAL recruits to Madison.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher Matt Delvaux celebrates with Tyler Smith after defeating Manheim Township in their PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game on Monday, June 5, 2023, at Boyce Mayview Park.
Mt. Lebanon capitalizes on 4-error inning by Manheim Township in PIAA playoff win
June 5, 2023
Eight miles was how far Mt. Lebanon traveled to reach Boyce Mayview Park, the site of Monday’s state playoff game.

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Tom Pipkins (right) greets Jonathan Hayes before the 2023 WPIAL Hall of Fame banquet Friday at the DoubleTree in Green Tree.
Former Steeler Jonathan Hayes highlights WPIAL Hall of Fame induction with focus on family
June 2, 2023
NFL veteran Jonathan Hayes is best known for playing tight end and coaching football, but as a student at South Fayette, his parents made sure he was involved in other activities.

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Avonworth players celebrate after defeating Southmoreland in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Lilley Field.
PIAA reveals sites, times for 1st round of state softball playoffs
Avonworth and Neshannock repeated as WPIAL softball champions this week, but now they’ll try to win back-to-back state titles as well.

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Riverside pitcher Hunter Garvin (right) celebrates with Christian Lucarelli and teammates after defeating Neshannock in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA announces sites, times for 1st round of state baseball playoffs
The six WPIAL baseball champions will start the state tournament close to home, but nobody will be closer than Riverside.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields celebrates after throwing a no-hitter to defeat North Allegheny in the Class 6A championship game on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields no-hits North Allegheny in WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship game
May 31, 2023
Mt. Lebanon has a knack for no-hitters in WPIAL championship games.

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Shaler’s Miguel Hugas and Derek Leas carry the WPIAL championship trophy to their fans after defeating Bethel Park in the Class 5A final on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Venezuelan star leads Shaler to dominant win over Bethel Park in WPIAL Class 5A finals
May 30, 2023
Miguel Hugas sparked a championship celebration in Shaler Township, but the star senior was sure he’d hear from some happy baseball fans in Venezuela too.

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McKeesport quarterback Jahmil Perryman works out before the 2023 season.
McKeesport’s Jahmil Perryman scores twice as Pennsylvania wins Big 33 Football Classic
May 29, 2023
McKeesport’s Jahmil Perryman scored twice, and Team Pennsylvania rallied with a late touchdown to win the Big 33 Football Classic, 31-27, over the Maryland all-stars Sunday in Harrisburg.

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer wins the boys 800 meters during the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Riverview’s Amberson Bauer runs away with 800 title at PIAA championships
May 27, 2023
Amberson Bauer prepares for track meets with some visualization, running each stage of a race through his head with mental reps.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo wins the girls 3200 during the PIAA class 2A Track & Field Championships May 26, 2023, at Shippensburg. University.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo extends family’s winning streak to 5 at PIAA championships
The PIAA had a special guest award Brownsville senior Jolena Quarzo her final state championship gold medal — her older sister Gionna.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the girls 3200 meters in the PIAA 3A track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter breaks PIAA championship record in 3,200 meters
SHIPPENSBURG — At this time last year, Logan St. John Kletter was suffering from a nerve condition in her foot and wondering when she’d run competitively again.

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New Castle’s Kaevon Gardner, the WPIAL 3A champion in the 100 meters, injured his hip in a preliminary heat Friday at the PIAA championships. Gardner was seeded second in the event.
PIAA notebook: Injury knocks highly seeded WPIAL champion out of 100 meters
SHIPPENSBURG — An injury cut short New Castle sprinter Kaevon Gardner’s debut at the state track championships Friday, forcing one of the top athletes in the 100-meter dash to make an early exit.

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Freeport’s Reese Skiba takes fifth in the discus during the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships Friday.
Freeport senior shakes off rough start, claims PIAA discus medal
May 26, 2023
SHIPPENSBURG — After her first couple of discus throws produced a foul and a 104-footer, Reese Skiba’s state championship was off to a lackluster start.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo defends her 1,600-meter run title from last year going away in the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships May 26, 2023, at Shippensburg University.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo defends 1,600-meter title at PIAA track championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo decided to skip more races than usual in her senior year, but this wasn’t a case of senioritis.

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Seneca Valley’s Jonathan Price wins the boys 100-meter hurdles ahead of North Allegheny’s Owen Curran and Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Cramer during the WPIAL 3A Team Championships Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at West Mifflin High School. North Allegheny won the WPIAL team championship.
Coaches wish PIAA team track title could be decided in playoff format like WPIAL
May 25, 2023
It takes a team effort to win a WPIAL team track title, but that’s not necessarily true for winning a state title.

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Upper St. Clair’s Dani Prunzik wins the girls 100 meters ahead of teammate Sadie Tomczyk and Canon-McMillan’s Bennett Pidro at the Baldwin Invitational on May 5, 2023 at Baldwin High School.
‘Tremendous issue’ with foot hasn’t slowed Upper St. Clair sprinter Dani Prunzik entering states
Nobody who saw Dani Prunzik sprint across the finish line at the WPIAL track championships could’ve guessed the Upper St. Clair senior has battled a painful foot injury for almost a year.

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Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone, center, is recognized for his Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year award, by Pam Lamagna, left, and District Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead in 2018.
Longtime Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone to retire
May 24, 2023
Longtime Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone won’t be making as many trips to Mars or Moon, but soon he’ll have plenty of free time to travel the world.

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Plum’s Colin Watson celebrates with Dominic Beyer after Beyer scored their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Gateway.
Plum reliever shuts door on South Fayette in Class 5A quarterfinals
May 22, 2023
Plum relief pitcher Colin Watson isn’t so worried about how things start but rather how they finish.

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Peters Township’s Brendan McCullough makes key interception in East-West all-star win
Peters Township defensive back Brendan McCullough made a late-game interception Sunday that secured a 24-16 victory for his West team in the PSFCA East-West Big School Game in Harrisburg.

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North Allegheny’s Alaina Fantaski won the javelin at the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships May 17.
From snowboarding to javelin, North Allegheny’s Alaina Fantaski is a determined champion
May 20, 2023
North Allegheny senior Alaina Fantaski was a nationally ranked snowboarder in junior high, who also tried fencing and more traditional activities like basketball.

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Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera wins the girls 100-meter hurdles at the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships Wednesday at Slippery Rock.
Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera wins 4 gold medals while crisscrossing WPIAL track championships
May 17, 2023
Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera was relaxing in the team’s tent when a teammate asked if she was running the 100-meter hurdles.

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Canon-MacMillan’s Rose Kuchera wins the girls long jump May 5 at the Baldwin Invitational.
5 things to watch at WPIAL track and field championships
The WPIAL might be known best for its football hall of famers, but don’t overlook the league’s track and field pedigree.

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Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly wins the boys high jump at the Baldwin Invitational on May 5.
Known for high-flying dunks, Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly now leaping over high jump bars
May 16, 2023
Anyone who saw Daemar Kelly finish an alley-oop this winter knows the Penn Hills senior can almost fly. In a gym, on a wood floor, with a basketball in his hands, few around the WPIAL jump higher than him.

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Oakland Catholic’s London Creach shoots the winning free throw in overtime against McKeesport during their PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinal on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Peters Twp.
NFHS eliminates 1-and-1 foul shots from high school basketball rulebook
May 15, 2023
The pressure of shooting a one-and-one is likely to vanish from high school basketball.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Former OLSH basketball star Jake DiMichele commits to Duquesne
May 12, 2023
Former Our Lady of the Sacred Heart basketball star Jake DiMichele, who graduated a year ago as one of WPIAL’s all-time leading scorers, committed Friday to Duquesne.

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Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan tackles Mt. Lebanon’s Nathan Sala on Nov. 11, 2022, at Mt. Lebanon.
Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan commits to Michigan
Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan committed Friday to Michigan, choosing the Wolverines over finalists Duke, Notre Dame, Stanford and Wisconsin.

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Shaler’s Miguel Hugas
Breaking down the 2023 WPIAL baseball playoffs
Class 6A

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Pine-Richland’s Anthony Mengine (14) is greeted by teammates after scoring against Seneca Valley on Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Pine.
WPIAL releases brackets for 2023 baseball playoffs
Who’s No. 1?

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Armstrong’s Emma Paul is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a two-run homer against Latrobe on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in Kittanning.
WPIAL announces pairings for 2023 softball playoffs
May 11, 2023
Last year’s winners are back for more.

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The Serra Catholic baseball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Neshannock, 8-2, in the Class 2A final on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL adds Pittsburgh Pirates as sponsor for baseball, softball championships
The WPIAL baseball and softball finals will include racing pierogies, T-shirt tosses and a famous green parrot now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have become a presenting sponsor of the high school championship games.

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Mars’ Enzo Grieco celebrates one of his goals with Jack Dunham during their game against Shaler on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at Shaler.
WPIAL awards Mars, Peters Township top seeds in boys lacrosse playoffs
Defending WPIAL and state champion Mars will begin its title defense as a No. 1 seed in the WPIAL boys lacrosse playoffs.

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Former Mt. Lebanon and West Allegheny football coach Bob Palko will be inducted into the PSFCA Hall of Fame on May 28.
Bob Palko among 5 football coaches chosen for PSFCA Hall of Fame
Bob Palko, who won a record nine WPIAL football titles at West Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon, will be inducted this month into the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Pine-Richland, Mars draw top seeds in WPIAL girls lacrosse playoffs
Pine-Richland and Mars received the top seeds when the WPIAL announced brackets for the girls lacrosse playoffs Thursday.

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler wins the girls 1,600 meters, leading the one, two, three sweep with sister Robin and Eva Kynaston during the WPIAL Class 3A team track championships Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny girls, boys sweep WPIAL Class 3A track and field team titles
May 9, 2023
North Allegheny track coach John Neff said he had trouble deciding which three girls should run the 3,200 meters Tuesday, mainly because the Tigers had too many good options.

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Ian Wong and his Plum teammates jumped into the WPIAL baseball rankings this week, landing at No. 4.
WPIAL Baseball rankings: Week ending May 7, 2023
May 6, 2023
Class 6A

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Hempfield softball players gather in between innings Wednesday at Robert D. Kalp Field.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending May 7, 2023
Class 6A

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Moon’s Jacob Puhalla comes from behind on the last lap to win the boys McKinney Mile at the Baldwin Invitational on Friday.
Moon’s Jacob Puhalla defends McKinney Mile title in Baldwin Invite’s marquee race
Once Jacob Puhalla wins a track title, the Moon runner likes to win it again.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper won the girls discus and shot put at the Baldwin Invitational on Friday.
Many WPIAL athletes at Baldwin Invitational embrace challenge of back-to-back meets
Liz Tapper is one of the state’s top throwers, but the Hempfield senior faced a challenge Friday that was new to her and many others at the Baldwin Invitational.

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Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine dunks over Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at Bethel Park.
2023 all-state boys basketball team includes 29 WPIAL players
May 3, 2023
Aquinas Academy’s Vinnie Cugini and Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine earned all-state player of the year honors Wednesday as two of the most prolific scorers in WPIAL boys basketball.

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WPIAL team track, boys tennis events postponed Tuesday because of rain
May 2, 2023
Tuesday’s cold, wet weather led the WPIAL to postpone tennis and team track and field events until later in the week.

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Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan dives for a fumble against North Allegheny on Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin.
Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan narrows college options to ‘Top 5’
April 30, 2023
Central Catholic already has one junior linebacker committed to a Power 5 school but soon will have another.

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North Hills starting pitcher Alexa Edmunds throws against Penn Hills Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Linton Middle School.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 30, 2023
April 29, 2023
Class 6A

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Shaler’s Brady McGuire celebrates with Colby McGuire during their game against North Hills on April 25, 2023, in Ross.
WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 30, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny head coach Art Walker celebrates with his team as they beat Central Catholic in the WPIAL 6A Championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2022 at Norwin High School.
North Allegheny hosting Western Pa. Football Recruiting Day to connect with college coaches
There are dozens of small-college football coaches who recruit Western Pennsylvania, but sometimes a talented WPIAL player can go overlooked in the process.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks against Mechanicsburg during their PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game on Friday, March 10, 2023, in Ross.
North Hills’ Royce Parham commits to Marquette
April 26, 2023
North Hills junior Royce Parham, one of the WPIAL’s top college basketball recruits, committed Wednesday to Marquette.

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North Allegheny head coach Dan DeRose talks with an official during a game against Butler on Feb. 22, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Former North Allegheny basketball coach Dan DeRose files lawsuit against Fox Chapel School District after ’21 altercation
Dan DeRose wants to coach high school basketball again, but the former WPIAL champion said school districts have shied away because of criminal charges he faced two years ago involving Fox Chapel school police.

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South Fayette’s Maddie Webber scores against Archbishop Wood during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
South Fayette’s Maddie Webber, Union coach Rob Nogay lead all-state girls basketball team
April 24, 2023
South Fayette senior Maddie Webber, a Villanova recruit who led the Lions to a WPIAL title and a PIAA runner-up finish this winter, was named the state’s Class 5A girls basketball player of the year by all-state voters.

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Deer Lakes’ Delanie Kaiser drives in a run with a base hit against Freeport on Friday.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 23, 2023
April 22, 2023
Class 6A

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Greensburg Salem baseball coach Anthony Manley (right) talks to his team after Thursday’s 7-3 win over McGuffey in Greensburg.
WPIAL Baseball rankings: Week ending April 23, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd wins the 100-meter dash past Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht (right) and Mt. Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational Friday, April 14, 2023, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
North Allegheny sprinter Khiryn Boyd showing off his speed among WPIAL’s best
After not running track for a year, North Allegheny sprinter Khiryn Boyd was curious about the times being run this spring and how his compared with his competitors.

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The Seneca Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Lower Merion in the PIAA Class 4A final on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA adds 500 officials, but shortage remains ‘major issue’ for many sports
April 19, 2023
Statewide efforts to recruit and retain high school game officials are seeing some positive results, said a PIAA administrator who oversees the men and women in stripes.

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Freeport’s Cassidy Dell sets up a score against York Catholic during the PIAA Class 2A state championship match on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
WPIAL announces 20 winners of James Collins Scholar-Athlete Award
The WPIAL saw an increased number of applicants for the James Collins Scholar-Athlete Award this year, and Wednesday announced 20 winners from the 162 nominees.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Williams scores past Gateway pitcher Taili Thompson during their game April 4.
WPIAL Baseball rankings: Week ending April 16, 2023
April 15, 2023
Class 6A

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Hempfield’s Allison Cervola is welcomed at home plate by teamates after hitting a home run against Mt. Lebanon on March 29. The Spartans moved into the top spot in Class 6A in the Trib rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 16, 2023
Class 6A

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Mars girls basketball coach Dana Petruska talks with her team during a game on Dec. 15, 2022, at Kiski Area.
500-game winner Dana Petruska retires as Mars basketball coach, cites ‘some parent situations’
Mars girls basketball coach Dana Petruska is retiring after 37 years and more than 500 wins, in part because there were too many wannabe coaches in the stands.

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North Allegheny’s Robin Kucler (left) helped the Tigers win the 2022 WPIAL team title Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deep North Allegheny girls track and field team takes aim at defending WPIAL title
Recent history says the North Allegheny girls have a good chance to repeat as WPIAL team track champions later this spring. Consider, in the past 30 years, no Class 3A girls champion has won the title only once.

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South Park promotes longtime assistant to football coach
April 14, 2023
South Park’s new football coach is already very familiar with the program.

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The Moon girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Upper Perkiomen in the PIAA Class 3A final on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moon finds replacement for retiring athletic director Ron Ledbetter
Moon has hired a new athletic director to replace Ron Ledbetter, who is retiring this summer after a 33-year career as an educator. The school on Thursday announced the hire of current Beaver athletic director Alan Alcalde.

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Butler’s Braylon Littlejohn looks for room to shoot during a February playoff game at Mt. Lebanon.
Butler basketball standout Braylon Littlejohn commits to Miami (Ohio) — for football
April 12, 2023
When Butler’s Braylon Littlejohn committed to Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday, folks weren’t asking him about his choice of schools, but rather his choice of sports.

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Armstrong’s Jessie Pugh connects on a double against Latrobe on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in Kittanning.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 9, 2023
April 8, 2023
Class 6A

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Franklin Regional’s Cole Brinker rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Gateway on Tuesday.
WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 9, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny starting pitcher Anne Melle throws against Seneca Valley in the WPIAL 6A softball championship June 1, 2002 at California University.
Behind family atmosphere, North Allegheny softball team aims to return to WPIAL final
The North Allegheny softball players were individually asked by their coaches to pick one word to describe the program. It wasn’t a serious task, just a light-hearted word-association game.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown against Neumann Goretti during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Belle Vernon star Quinton Martin picks Penn State
April 7, 2023
Penn State landed its first WPIAL running back recruit since Miles Sanders when Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin committed to the Nittany Lions.

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Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly dunks against Peters Twp. during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
2023 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball All-Stars
April 6, 2023
Scoring 1,000 points in a high school career remains an impressive feat in WPIAL basketball, but remarkably, the league saw its first 3,000-point scorer this winter.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas celebrates after defeating Neumann Goretti in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas named 2023 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year
2023 Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson drives past Upper St. Clair’s Olivia Terlecki during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
2023 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball All-Stars
April 5, 2023
South Fayette won a second consecutive WPIAL girls basketball title this winter, North Allegheny won its third in four years and North Catholic won its sixth since 2017. Those powerhouse teams and more are represented here in the TribLive HSSN girls basketball all-stars for 2023.

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Blackhawk head coach Steve Lodovico watches his captains receive the state runner-up trophy after the PIAA Class 4A championship game against Lansdale Catholic on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Blackhawk basketball coach Steve Lodovico took job ‘for a year,’ resigns 18 seasons later after building WPIAL powerhouse
April 3, 2023
Eighteen years ago, Steve Lodovico applied to be Blackhawk’s boys basketball coach, hoping to replace his legendary mentor John Miller, who was retiring.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller delivers against Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Hempfield. The Spartans held at No. 3 in Class 6A in the Trib HSSN rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 2, 2023
April 1, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Spencer Barnett tags out Norwin’s Keegan Carr at second base Thursday.
WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 2, 2023
Class 6A

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson exits the game next to head coach Albie Fletcher during the PIAA Class 3A state final against West Catholic on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
‘Nobody has a perfect system:’ PIAA, critics remain at odds over public-private school debate
The Philadelphia Catholic League opponent Deer Lakes faced in the state basketball finals played tremendous defense, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone, the Lancers’ coach said.

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North Allegheny’s Varun Kaveti scores during a match against Butler on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny boys volleyball embarks on season of change
The senior-heavy lineup that won a state championship has graduated. The head coach who led the program for two decades has retired. Yes, this is a season of change for the North Allegheny boys volleyball team.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson drives scores past West Catholic’s Micah Waters during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Despite strong start, Deer Lakes comes up short to West Catholic in PIAA Class 3A final
March 25, 2023
HERSHEY — “Let’s go Lancers.”

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker drives into Lancaster Mennonite’s David Shell during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, March 24, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Aliquippa again finishes as PIAA runner-up after loss to Lancaster Mennonite
March 24, 2023
HERSHEY — Trips to the so-called “Sweetest Place on Earth” have become bittersweet for Aliquippa.

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Lincoln Park’s Dontay Green soaks head coach Mike Bariski with the water cooler after defeating Neumann Goretti in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Lincoln Park beats perennial PIAA power Neumann-Goretti in state finals classic
March 23, 2023
HERSHEY — With 11 seconds on the clock, Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas knew it was time to “boogie.”

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Imani Christian’s Alier Maluk carries the state championship trophy from the court after defeating Berlin Brothersvalley in the PIAA Class A final on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
With tiny enrollment but tons of talent, Imani Christian claims PIAA Class A basketball crown
HERSHEY — One of the smallest high schools in the state won the biggest basketball trophy in Pennsylvania, yet few will call this an underdog story.

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Deer Lakes’ Billy Schaeffer celebrates after defeating Penn Cambria in their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Hempfield.
Deer Lakes makes more history with berth in 1st PIAA final
March 21, 2023
Neither team had ever reached the state finals, so the Deer Lakes and Penn Cambria boys basketball teams knew history would be made one way or the other Tuesday night.

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OLSH girls basketball coach Don Eckerle watches from the bench during the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Neshannock at Petersen Events Center.
OLSH basketball coach Don Eckerle ‘good to go’ after collapsing at PIAA semifinal game
On a hectic game day, with all of the preparation that needs to be done, coaches can neglect themselves at times, said longtime basketball coach Don Eckerle.

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Imani Christian’s Alier Maluk dunks on Union’s Braylon Thomas during their PIAA Class A state semifinal on Monday, March 20, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Imani Christian dominates rematch with Union, earns 1st trip to PIAA basketball finals
March 20, 2023
The words of an opposing coach and heated talk about public vs. private wasn’t what ultimately motivated Imani Christian for Monday night’s playoff win.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey battles Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross for a rebound during their PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Peters Twp.
Strong 3rd quarter leads Aliquippa past Bishop Canevin in ‘testy’ PIAA quarterfinal
March 18, 2023
The atmosphere around the Aliquippa vs. Bishop Canevin state quarterfinal was tense, to say the least.

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North Allegheny pitcher Spencer Barnett delivers against Pine-Richland on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in McCandless.
After early playoff exit, North Allegheny aims to ‘get that fire back’
The gaggle of professional baseball scouts is gone, but that doesn’t mean there’s a quiet atmosphere nowadays at North Allegheny practices.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas (5) celebrates with Dontay Green after Green scored against Laurel Highlands during their PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal on Friday, March 17, 2023, at Norwin.
‘Other three’ key as Lincoln Park holds off Laurel Highlands in PIAA quarterfinals
March 17, 2023
Lincoln Park’s Dontay Green left the locker room without a shoe on his right foot, the troublesome one that needed screws and plates to fix a lisfranc fracture several months ago.

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McKeesport’s Madison Hertzler tries to drive past Oakland Catholic’s Rachel Haver in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.
PIAA announces sites, times for Saturday state basketball quarterfinals
March 16, 2023
Peters Township will host an all-WPIAL doubleheader Saturday in the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament.

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Central Catholic’s Dante DePante drives against State College’s Braeden Shrewsberry during their PIAA Class 6A second round state playoff on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Central Cambria High School.
Central Catholic’s PIAA bracket busted by son of Penn State basketball coach
March 15, 2023
EBENSBURG — State College’s Braeden Shrewsberry didn’t accompany his father to the NCAA tournament, but the son of Penn State’s basketball coach created his own moments of March Madness.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores against Hampton during their PIAA Class 4A second round state playoff on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Norwin.
Despite defensive shadow, Rodney Gallagher leads Laurel Highlands into PIAA quarterfinals
March 14, 2023
Laurel Highlands coach Rick Hauger’s practices can include some junk defenses, maybe a diamond-and-one or triangle-and-two, but the Mustangs don’t use them in games.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class 3A boys cross country championship race on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal.
Butler’s Drew Griffith leads 2023 PTFCA all-state honors as indoor track athlete of the year
Butler junior Drew Griffith, one of the state’s top distance runners, was named the boys indoor track athlete of the year by the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association.

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The Butler football team is 11-16 in three District 10 seasons under coach Eric Christy.
Butler rejoining WPIAL football in 2024, ends dispute with PIAA
March 13, 2023
The Butler football team will rejoin the WPIAL in 2024, ending a legal dispute between the school district and PIAA over the team’s desire to stay in District 10.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson scores past Seneca’s Evan Shouey during their PIAA Class 3A first-round game Saturday at Deer Lakes.
Deer Lakes boys open state playoffs with dominant win on home floor
March 11, 2023
The stairs that lead from the Deer Lakes locker room to the gym floor are quite steep, but the Lancers were confident they wouldn’t stumble on this day.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham and Eric James walk from the court as Mechanicsburg celebrates after their PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game on Friday, March 10, 2023, in Ross.
‘Bad night’ eliminates North Hills in 1st round of PIAA playoffs
March 10, 2023
North Hills spent the past 10 days putting up shots in its own gym, making Friday’s shooting woes hard to explain.

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Union coach Mark Stanley talks with his team before the WPIAL Class A championship game against Imani Christian on Thursday at Petersen Events Center.
Union H.S. basketball coach reignites public vs. private debate with postgame comments
March 7, 2023
Union basketball coach Mark Stanley said he wasn’t trying to spark a firestorm with his critical comments at the WPIAL finals but instead shared out loud thoughts other public school coaches keep to themselves.

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Central Catholic’s Dante Depante hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with his Vikings teammates afterr defeating New Castle in the Class 6A final on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Behind big night from Dante DePante, Central Catholic stops New Castle to win 2nd WPIAL title
March 4, 2023
Central Catholic hadn’t won a WPIAL title in 15 years, but Dante DePante made himself at home in Petersen Events Center, an arena that’s about a mile from the Vikings’ gym.

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The Lincoln Park boys basketball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North Catholic in the Class 4A final on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
In the end, Lincoln Park too much for North Catholic in Class 4A WPIAL title game
March 3, 2023
Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings and Meleek Thomas hear praise from many places, but on this championship night, the best accolades came from the coach of the other team.

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The Deer Lakes boys basketball team celebrates as time expires in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against OLSH on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Deer Lakes dethrones OLSH to win 1st WPIAL basketball championship
The Deer Lakes boys made basketball history twice this winter, and each time they snapped an Our Lady of the Sacred Heart streak.

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The Penn Hills basketball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Peters Twp. in the Class 5A final on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Penn Hills second to none in WPIAL finals victory over Peters Township
March 2, 2023
Penn Hills is underrated no more.

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The Imani Christian basketball team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class A championship game against Union on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Imani Christian surges past Union to win 1st WPIAL title, reigniting public-private debate
Playing against Imani Christian is always a tall task, but as 6-foot-11 sophomore Alier Maluk swung from a Petersen Events Center rim Thursday night, the gigantic challenge became clear.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings leaps over South Allegheny’s Dashawn Carter during WPIAL 4A boys quarterfinal action Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, at Moon Area High School.
2023 WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball championship breakdown: Lincoln Park vs. North Catholic
WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball final

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson celebrates after a late 3-pointer that defeated Steel Valley in their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at Bethel Park.
2023 WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball championship breakdown: Deer Lakes vs. OLSH
WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball final

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Peters Twp.’s Cam Mills brings the ball upcourt against Bethel Park on Jan. 17, 2023, at Bethel Park High School.
2023 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball championship breakdown: Peters Township vs. Penn Hills
WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball final

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Union’s Matthew Stanley drives to the basket against Bishop Canevin during the 2022 WPIAL Class A championship at Petersen Events Center.
2023 WPIAL Class A boys basketball championship breakdown: Imani Christian vs. Union
March 1, 2023
WPIAL Class A boys basketball final

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New Castle’s Da’Jaun Young celebrates with Isaiah Boice and Nick Wallace after defeating Mt. Lebanon in their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Hot-shooting New Castle tops Mt. Lebanon, returns to WPIAL finals for 6th time in 7 years
February 28, 2023
The first quarter was too low-scoring for Isaiah Boice’s comfort, so the New Castle senior got to work.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Butler celebrates with Aiden Fletcher (left) after defeating Steel Valley on Monday.
Deer Lakes hits 3-pointer in closing seconds, upsets No. 1 seed Steel Valley
February 27, 2023
The Deer Lakes boys are headed to the WPIAL finals for the first time in school history, and they’ll do so with a first-year coach leading the celebration. But before they could scream and shout Monday night, everyone in green and gold held their breath.

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Beaver cheerleaders lead the Bobcats onto Pat Tarquinio Field before a 2021 game.
Longtime Beaver football coach, WPIAL Hall of Famer Pat Tarquinio dies
Longtime Beaver football coach Pat Tarquinio, who was one of the winningest coaches in WPIAL history, has died. Beaver athletic director Alan Alcalde announced his death Monday.

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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger (2) celebrates after drawing a foul during the second half of a 67-51 victory over North Hills in the WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball semifinal game Feb. 25, 2023, at Peters Township.
Penn Hills baffles North Hills with 3-pointers, alley-oops in WPIAL semifinal win
February 25, 2023
Penn Hills teammates Daemar Kelly and Julian Dugger have perfected their high-flying alley-oop this winter, mastering a play that shows their rare athleticism.

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North Allegheny’s Lexi Sundgren competes in the girls 200 freestyle during last year’s WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Behind veteran standouts, talented freshmen, North Allegheny girls eye another WPIAL swimming title
North Allegheny’s Corky Semler has coached high school swimming for almost 40 years, so when he says this year’s freshman class is among his best, that’s worth noting.

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Former Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi was announced Thursday as Mt. Lebanon’s coach.
Football coach Mike Collodi leaves Elizabeth Forward for Mt. Lebanon
February 24, 2023
A football player’s body language and how he carries himself are important to Mike Collodi, who was thrilled with the reception he received Thursday as Mt. Lebanon’s new coach.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Riley Farabaugh shoots a pull-up jump shot over Butler’s Mac Schnur during the first half of the Blue Devils’ victory over Butler in the WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon holds off Butler, reaches WPIAL semifinals for 5th time in 6 years
Three times in the fourth quarter, Mt. Lebanon’s Riley Farabaugh was sent to the foul line for a crucial one-and-one.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas fights for a loose ball with South Allegheny’s Camden Lewis during WPIAL 4A boys quarterfinal action Thursday, Feb.23, 2023 at Moon Area High School.
No. 1 Lincoln Park survives WPIAL quarterfinal test from South Allegheny
February 23, 2023
Lincoln Park was held 25 points below its season average and didn’t make a 3-pointer all game, yet the WPIAL favorite in Class 4A is still alive.

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PIAA cracks down on ‘redshirt’ years taken by junior high athletes
February 22, 2023
The PIAA is cracking down on junior high athletes who take unofficial redshirt years.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson (5) denies a pass attempt from Shady Side’s Eli Teslovich (3) during the fourth quarter of the team’s loss to Shady Side Academy on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at Shady Side Academy.
WPIAL reveals new consolation brackets for basketball, includes 3rd-place games
February 21, 2023
The last time WPIAL basketball had a consolation bracket, the league used a combination of play-in games and follow-the-winner tiebreakers to qualify teams for the 2016 state tournament.

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Steel Valley interim boys basketball coach Lauren Varacalli talks to her team during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round victory over McGuffey on Monday.
Amid coaching controversy, Steel Valley opens playoffs with win over McGuffey
Whenever Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine glanced into the stands Monday night, he wasn’t looking for friends or family. That’s where his suspended head coach was sitting, five rows behind the team’s bench.

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South Park head coach Marty Rieck talks with his team after practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in South Park.
South Park football coach Marty Rieck resigns after 8 seasons
February 20, 2023
South Park football coach Marty Rieck, who won state titles with the Eagles as both a player and assistant coach, has resigned after eight seasons leading the program.

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Wrestlers from 26 schools took part in the Western Pa. girls wrestling championships Feb. 19, 2023, at North Allegheny High School.
Nationally ranked wrestlers among winners at Western Pa. Girls Championship
Three nationally ranked wrestlers were among the 13 champions crowned Sunday at the Western Pa. Girls Championship, an event that more than doubled in size since last winter.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri eludes Imhotep Charter’s Zahir Mathis during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
22 WPIAL football players picked for Big School East-West all-star game
February 18, 2023
Pine-Richland teammates Ryan Palmieri, Jake Beam, John Rottinghaus and Matt Nicely, who won a state title together in December, were among 22 WPIAL football players chosen for the Big School East-West all-star game.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger fights for a loose ball with North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny girls regroup during long layoff before WPIAL Class 6A playoffs commence
WPIAL schedule-makers gave the North Allegheny girls almost two weeks off before the basketball playoffs, but the Tigers didn’t take a vacation.

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Steel Valley’s Greg Smith c elebrates his sack during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Beaver Falls on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
Small School East-West all-star game roster includes 16 from WPIAL, City League
Pitt recruit Braylan Lovelace of Leechburg and future Miami (Ohio) lineman Greg Smith of Steel Valley were among 16 WPIAL and City League players selected for the Small School East-West all-star game this year.

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Gateway’s Kaleb Pryor celebrates after scoring and being fouled against Woodland Hills during WPIAL boys Class 5A first-round action Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 at Gateway High School.
Experienced backcourt leads No. 4 Gateway past Woodland Hills in WPIAL playoff opener
A backcourt led by experienced guards is a time-tested formula that works in March Madness, but it also wins games here in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws a pass against Mars on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
13 WPIAL, City League players chosen for 2023 Big 33 Football Classic
February 17, 2023
Thirteen players from the WPIAL and City League were selected to compete in this year’s Big 33 Football Classic.

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South Fayette’s Elijah Hill grabs a rebound over Bethel Park’s Layton Cameron (left) and Benjamin Guffey during the Hoops for a Cure Tournament Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL brings back play-in games to determine state basketball playoff qualifiers
February 14, 2023
No more sitting and waiting.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer celebrates in front of the Highlands bench after hitting a 3-pointer during their game on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at Highlands High School.
Choosing Hampton’s seed becomes tricky decision with leading scorer ineligible
The chairman of the WPIAL basketball committee largely avoided one of Monday’s most-interesting debates, since it was a topic close to his heart.

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New Castle’s Isaiah Boice shoots a 3-pointer against Laurel Highlands during a 2021 WPIAL Class 5A semifinal.
Breaking down the 2023 WPIAL boys basketball playoff brackets
February 13, 2023
A closer look at the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, which begin Thursday night:

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Peters Twp.’s Jake Ziegler celebrates after scoring against Bethel Park on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Bethel Park High School.
WPIAL reveals basketball playoff brackets asking: ‘What have you done lately?’
If the season ended three days ago, the Penn Hills boys probably would’ve earned a No. 1 seed in the WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson scores past Butler’s Lance Slater during their game on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Butler High School.
2023 WPIAL bracketology: HSSN forecasts the boys basketball playoff pairings
February 12, 2023
The Path to the Pete will be revealed Monday when the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings are announced at 3 p.m. on TribLive HSSN.

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Cate Clarke (left) and her Serra Catholic teammates are No. 1 in the Class 2A rankings.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 12, 2023
February 11, 2023
Class 6A

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Coach Alvis Rogers’ Gateway team entered the Class 5A rankings this week.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 12, 2023
Class 6A

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Members of the North Allegheny girls wrestling team won the Lady Raiders Invitational on Jan. 29, 2023, at Columbia High School in Cleveland. From left are Kaylee Dean (second, 235), Sophia Folks (second, 130), Leyna Rumpler (second, 155), Callie Rautenbach (first, 145) and Audrey Morrison (second, 140).
North Allegheny set to host 2nd annual Western Pa. girls wrestling championship
About 35 athletes visited North Alle­gheny last winter for the first Western Pa. girls wrestling championship, a number that should more than double this time around.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates starting off the second overtime with a 3-pointer to put Laurel Highlands up on Uniontown for good Friday, Feb.10, 2023 at Uniontown High School.
Rodney Gallagher scores 29, Laurel Highlands tops rival Uniontown in 2OTs
February 10, 2023
The scouting report on Rodney Gallagher says that if he gets enough late-game chances, he’ll usually make opponents pay.

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Central Catholic’s Debaba Tshiebwe (30) hauls in an offensive rebound during the first half of Central Catholic’s 67-53 loss to New Castle on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at Central Catholic.
Central Catholic’s Debaba Tshiebwe follows brotherly advice, posts double-double to defeat Butler
February 8, 2023
Advice from an older brother can be valuable, especially when your brother is the top college basketball player in the country.

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Coach Jonna Burke’s Shady Side Academy girls basketball team jumped to No. 1 in the WPIAL Class 3A rankings.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending February 5, 2023
February 4, 2023
Class 6A

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Jon Anderson and his New Castle teammates stayed at No. 1 in the Class 6A rankings after beating No. 2 Central Catholic on Friday.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending February 5, 2023
Class 6A

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New Castle’s DaJuan Young (left) and Damarian Young (right) celebrate after defeating Central Catholic, 67-53, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at Central Catholic.
Isaiah Boice’s quick recovery helps No. 1 New Castle defeat No. 2 Central Catholic
Isaiah Boice planned to celebrate New Castle’s section title by drinking lots of chocolate milk, the bone-healing beverage he credits for his quick recovery.

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Imhotep Charter’s Justin Edwards drives past New Castle’s Cahmari Perkins during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game last year.
State rep proposes legislation that would allow PIAA to crown separate public, private champs
February 3, 2023
The PIAA has maintained that splitting public and private schools into separate playoffs is prohibited under a state statute from 1972, but new legislation could rewrite that law.

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Baldwin lineman Victor Iaquinta helps Keith Mincin up from the mat during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Baldwin.
Baldwin hires McKeesport assistant Dana Brown Jr. as football coach
February 1, 2023
Dana Brown Jr. turns 32 on Sunday, but he got an early birthday present Wednesday night.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Ohio-bound D.J. Walker, 5 other Aliquippa seniors make college commitments official
A group of Aliquippa football seniors including standout safety/wide receiver Donovan Walker announced their college commitments Wednesday, with Walker choosing Ohio.

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Aquinas Academy’s Vinnie Cugini holds the record-breaking ball after setting the all-time boys WPIAL scoring record against the Neighborhood Academy on Tuesday.
Aquinas Academy’s Vinnie Cugini breaks WPIAL basketball all-time scoring record
January 31, 2023
There’s a new all-time leading scorer in WPIAL basketball history, but the newly crowned record holder had a somewhat subdued celebration.

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Miles Sanders makes a leaping catch for a touchdown in front of Maryland’s Jordan Hill during the Big 33 Football Classic between Pennsylvania and Maryland on June 18, 2016 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Woodland Hills’ Miles Sanders extends Super Bowl streak for Big 33 Football Classic
January 29, 2023
The Big 33 Football Classic’s Super Bowl streak lives on, thanks to a former WPIAL star.

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Jasmine Timmerson (right) and her North Allegheny teammates jumped from fourth to second in the WPIAL Class 6A rankings this week. Kendall Berger (left) and the Norwin girls fell from No. 1 to No. 3.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 29, 2023
January 28, 2023
Class 6A

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Julian Dugger (2) and his Penn Hills teammates retained their spot atop the WPIAL Class 5A Trib rankings.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 29, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Aiden Buggey (left) celebrates victory over Carlynton’s Braiden Sudor (left) in the 215-pound finals of the Allegheny County wrestling championships Jan. 21 at Fox Chapel High School.
North Allegheny wrestling crowns 2 county champs
North Allegheny’s wrestling team celebrated two individual champions at the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel, where senior Jayson Flener and junior Aidan Buggey each won their weight class Jan. 20-21.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings heads upcourt after hitting a 3-pointer against Montour last season.
No. 1 Lincoln Park uses ‘organized mayhem’ to defeat North Catholic, strengthen section lead
“Organized mayhem” is the way Lincoln Park’s boys basketball team describes its offense.

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Neshannock head coach Luann Grybowski celebrates after a Lancers’ score during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against OLSH on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
6 WPIAL coaches earn NFHS Section 2 honors for 2021-22 sports seasons
January 27, 2023
Six WPIAL coaches have earned regional honors from the National Federation of State High School Associations for their work in the 2021-22 school year.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo shakes hands with Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins at midfield after their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
City League QB among 5 finalists for Willie Thrower Award for 1st time
January 24, 2023
Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo, who led the Bulldogs on a historic run to the state football finals, was announced Tuesday as one of five finalists for the Willie Thrower Award.

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Ryan Lehmeier was announced as the new Central Catholic football coach on Jan. 24, 2023.
Central Catholic hires former Seneca Valley, Pine-Richland assistant Ryan Lehmeier as football coach
Central Catholic’s new football coach wasn’t chosen from the school’s alumni list, but that doesn’t mean Ryan Lehmeier isn’t already familiar with the team’s tradition.

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Bethel Park football players take the field before a game during the 2022 season.
Bethel Park hires offensive coordinator Phil Peckich as football coach
Bethel Park promoted offensive coordinator Phil Peckich to head coach Tuesday night, giving the Black Hawks football program some continuity under a coach who’s among the youngest in the WPIAL.

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New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson brings the ball upcourt against Butler on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Butler High School. New Castle moved into the No. 1 spot in Class 6A.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 22, 2023
January 21, 2023
Class 6A

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores past Hempfield’s Mia Shipman during their game on Jan. 9. Norwin held the top spot in Class 6A.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 22, 2023
Class 6A

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductee Don Rebel stands for a photo during the hall of fame announcement Wednesday.
WPIAL Hall of Fame inductee Don Rebel reflects on 35 years calling games
A tree in the middle of a grassy field in Sheraden served as the first press box for a 7- or 8-year-old Don Rebel, who climbed the branches and offered play-by-play for his older brother’s Wiffle ball games.

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The WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees stand for a photo during the hall of fame announcement at the Heinz History Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. Seen are (back, from left): Bill Palermo, Don Rebel, Bob Osleger, Greg Meisner, Tom Pipkins and Shawn McCreary from the 1981-82 Monaca boys basketball team, and (first row, from left): coach Suzie McConnell-Serio from the 2000-01 Oakland Catholic girls basketball team, Laura Grimm, Virginia Fronk, Bill Cleary and Larry DeVincentis from the 1981-82 Monaca boys basketball team.
North Allegheny wrestling great Ray Brinzer to join WPIAL Hall of Fame
Ray Brinzer writes software and manages databases as a computer programmer, which seems a world away from a wrestling mat for one of the WPIAL’s all-time greats, but the former North Allegheny star can see similarities.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker drives between Shenango’s Braden Zeigler and Brody McQuiston during their game on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at Aliquippa High School.
With Pitt coach watching, Aliquippa football stars hit basketball stride to defeat Shenango
January 19, 2023
Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi was sitting among the home fans in Aliquippa’s gym Wednesday night, there with dozens of others to watch a group of football players throw around a basketball.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees Greg Meisner (left) and Tom Pipkins, both former Valley athletes, fist bump during the hall of fame announcement at the Heinz History Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023.
Valley great Tom Pipkins highlights 2023 WPIAL Hall of Fame class
January 18, 2023
Tom Pipkins jokes that he might already be retired from working if high school athletes could’ve signed endorsement deals back in his day.

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Peters Twp.’s Jack Dunbar celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Bethel Park on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Bethel Park High School.
Peters Township creates 3-way section tie with narrow win over Bethel Park
Peters Township broke a tie on the scoreboard to create a tie in the standings.

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Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca works out on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Oakland.
Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca commits to Penn State
January 17, 2023
Central Catholic linebacker Anthony Speca, one of the state’s top college football recruits, committed Tuesday to Penn State.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores past Hempfield’s Mia Shipman during their game Monday at Norwin High School.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 15, 2023
January 14, 2023
Class 6A

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Lincoln Park’s Dorian McGhee battles Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher for a loose ball during their game Dec. 29, 2022, at the CCBC Dome.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 15, 2023
Class 6A

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Evan Barnhart is a senior defenseman on the North Allegheny inline hockey team.
North Allegheny inline hockey team thrives outside spotlight
North Allegheny has a high school sports team that’s undefeated this winter, a motivated roster that’s trying to avenge a second-place finish from last year.

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Mars’ Tasso Sfanos scores over Chartiers Valley’s Drew Sleva during their game on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Mars Area High School.
Mars aces midterm test with 37-point win over No. 1 Chartiers Valley
After a week of big tests in the classroom, the Mars boys basketball team passed another on the court Friday night.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman sets up a score during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Garnet Valley on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman repeats as Gatorade Pa. Volleyball Player of the Year
January 13, 2023
North Allegheny senior Mia Tuman was recognized as the state’s top girls volleyball player for the second year in a row Friday when she was named Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year.

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Pine-Richland head coach Jon LeDonne hoists the state championship trophy with his team after defeating Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne among 32 nominees for NFL’s Don Shula Award
Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne, who led the Rams to a state title this season, was one of 32 coaches nationwide nominated for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Nate Girod celebrates with the student section after defeating Upper St. Clair in double overtime on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon matches rival Upper St. Clair shot for shot in double-overtime win
January 10, 2023
Two dozen 3-pointers made the score higher than a typical Mt. Lebanon-Upper St. Clair grind, but the dramatic finish still fit this gritty rivalry’s history.

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Referee Brian Sakowski has experience as an official for WPIAL and college football. He will be on the officials crew for the 2023 Division I College Football Playoff National Championship.
Penn Township’s Brian Sakowski ready to officiate national championship game
January 7, 2023
Sixteen years ago, as Brian Sakowski remembers, he worked his first varsity football game, a WPIAL rivalry between Trinity and Canon-McMillan.

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North Catholic’s Tori Drevna shoots a 3-pointer against Greensburg Salem’s Giavanna Rosensteel on Thursday.
Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings for week of Jan. 8, 2023
Class 6A

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New Castle’s Da’Jaun Young (left) celebrates with Isaiah Boice after Boice was fouled against Butler on Friday.
Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings for week of Jan. 8, 2023
Class 6A

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New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson celebrates after hitting a three-pointer on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Butler High School.
Jonathan Anderson leads No. 1 New Castle past No. 2 Butler in renewed rivalry
New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson already knew all about his school’s old rivalry with Butler, even though the senior hadn’t faced the Tornado in his playing days.

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WPIAL clears 6-9 basketball player Ama Sow after transfer to Montour
January 6, 2023
Montour sophomore Ama Sow kept asking boys basketball coach Bill Minear the same question.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko celebrates a Blue Devils touchdown against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Bob Palko, 9-time WPIAL champion, resigns as Mt. Lebanon football coach
Thirteen months after celebrating a state championship with the Blue Devils, Bob Palko has resigned as Mt. Lebanon’s football coach to focus attention on concerns away from the field.

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Rosters announced for 2023 PIHL all-star games
Hempfield’s Nick Bruno and Bishop Canevin’s Ryan Saginaw, two of the PIHL’s top scorers, are among 210 players selected for the league’s all-star games.

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John Mucha, the PIHL commissioner since 2019 who died Thursday, on a recent trip to Alaska
PIHL mourns death of commissioner John Mucha
January 5, 2023
PIHL commissioner John Mucha, the top administrator for high school hockey in Western Pennsylvania, has died.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer celebrates in front of the Highlands bench after scoring during their game on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at Highlands High School.
Hampton’s Peter Kramer scores 37 in key section win over Highlands
January 3, 2023
Hampton’s Peter Kramer shushed the Highlands crowd after one of his seven 3-pointers, a celebration he downplayed later, but nobody was able to quiet the Talbots’ newest star on this night.

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Lincoln Park’s Dorian McGhee battles Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher for a loose ball during their game on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at the CCBC Dome.
Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings for week of Jan. 1, 2023
January 1, 2023
Class 6A

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The Greensburg Salem girls basketball team huddles before its game against Derry on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings for week of Jan. 1, 2023
Class 6A

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas celebrates after hitting a three-pointer next to Laurel Highlands’ Keondre DeShields during their game on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at the CCBC Dome.
Lincoln Park tops Laurel Highlands in potential star-powered WPIAL championship preview
December 29, 2022
With a hyped crowd watching inside CCBC’s dome, Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas made a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left Thursday, the final points in a 70-66 victory over top-ranked Laurel Highlands.

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Norwin boys basketball coach Lance Maha has the Knights at No. 4 in Class 6A in the latest Trib HSSN rankings.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Dec. 25, 2022
December 25, 2022
Class 6A

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The Greensburg Salem girls held at No. 4 in Class 4A in the Trib HSSN rankings.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Dec. 25, 2022
Class 6A

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Pine-Richland’s Jacob Beam (73) celebrates with Ryan Cory after defeating Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
See the 2022 WPIAL and City League all-conference football teams
December 24, 2022
The four months of high school football season might zip by in a blur, but each fall the coaches take a moment to reflect, look back and vote for all-conference teams.

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Fort Cherry’s Matt Sieg runs against Monessen in a WPIAL Class A first round game Nov. 4, 2022, at Fort Cherry.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Fort Cherry freshman leads Black Hills awards
Fort Cherry’s Matt Sieg is only a freshman but conference coaches chose the dual-threat quarterback as the offensive MVP in the Black Hills this season.

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Beaver Falls’ Trey Singleton takes a hand-off from quarterback Jaren Brickner during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Beaver Falls.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Beaver Falls, Mohawk top Midwestern selections
Conference champion Beaver Falls earned six first-team spots on the all-Midwestern team led by senior Trey Singleton, who earned honors on both sides of the ball.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jaydin Canady runs for a touchdown unopposed against Clairton on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Greensburg Central Catholic tops Eastern awards
Conference champion Greensburg Central Catholic earned eight first-team spots on the all-conference team, including two by lineman Ryan Kimmel, who was recognized on both sides of the ball.

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Mapletown’s Landan Stevenson runs past Monessen’s Daniel Dozier during their game Oct. 21, 2022, at Mapletown.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Mapletown leads Tri-County South after historic season
Mapletown celebrated its first undefeated regular season since 1968, a feat that was recognized in all-conference awards.

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Union’s Braylon Thomas celebrates as time expires in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Bishop Canevin on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Union’s Braylon Thomas leads Big 7 award winners
Union quarterback Braylon Thomas and South Side linebacker Ryan Navarra earned the top individual awards in the Class A Big 7 all-conference voting.

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Sto-Rox’s Zay Davis eyes up a tipped pass against Steel Valley on Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Sto-Rox tops Century with 9 players on 1st team
December 23, 2022
Sto-Rox was a newcomer in the Class 2A Century Conference, but the Vikings made themselves right at home this season.

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Steel Valley head coach Ray Braszo talks with quarterback Cruce Brookins during the second quarter against Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Steel Valley leads 1st team with 9 spots in Allegheny
Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins was a two-way standout for the Ironmen, but he wasn’t the only player on the roster making an impact on both sides of the ball.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo celebrates with Roderick Jeter after scoring against Farrell during their PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
2022 All-City League Football Team: Westinghouse’s Keyshawn Morsillo, coach Donta Green take top honors
December 22, 2022
Westinghouse won the City League title for the 38th time in team history, but the Bulldogs didn’t stop there.

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Avonworth’s Brandon Biagiarelli carries past Belle Vernon’s Adam LaCarte during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Avonworth sweeps MVP honors in Western Hills
Avonworth’s Luke Hilyard and Brandon Biagiarelli swept the conference MVP honors, and nine teammates also were named first-team all-conference after the Antelopes won the Class 3A Western Hills title.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates after defeating Avonworth in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Belle Vernon gets 12 spots on Interstate 1st team
Belle Vernon has had many reasons to celebrate.

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Freeport’s Ben Lane cruses into the end zone against East Allegheny in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at Freeport Area High School.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Freeport, Shady Side Academy lead Allegheny 6 honors
Conference champion Freeport received 10 first-team all-conference spots in the Class 3A Allegheny 6, led by Ben Lane, Jacksen Reiser and Jacob Bollinger, who also earned individual awards.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey scores past Bishop McDevitt’s Ty Kephart during the PIAA Class 4A championship game.
Western Pa.’s Top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2024
December 21, 2022
College football coaches needing a linebacker, running back, wide receiver or offensive lineman will be visiting Western Pennsylvania in the coming months.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri carries past Imhotep Charter’s Mysir Mayo and Amaury Hunter during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
2022 TribLive HSSN Terrific 25 Football All-Stars
Western Pennsylvania had five high school football teams reach the state finals this season, including a postseason run by Westinghouse that was the City League’s first PIAA championship game appearance in decades.

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Union’s Braylon Thomas scores past Bishop Canevin’s A’Zjaun Marshall during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
Trib HSSN 2022 Head of the Class: Football player of the year in all 6 classes
December 19, 2022
As the saying goes, big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games. Many of the best players in Western Pennsylvania proved those words true this fall.

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Highlands’ Katelyn Myers is fouled by Kiski Area’s Abbie Johns Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Highlands High School.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings for week of Dec. 18, 2022
December 17, 2022
Class 6A

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Mars’ Brady Jordan shoots over Kiski’s Connor Flemm during their game on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Dec. 18, 2022
Class 6A

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Greater Latrobe’s Hannah Polosky competes in the 2021 WPIAL diving championship at North Allegheny.
PIAA sparks controversy with changes to diving championships
The PIAA fears high school diving is disappearing from many areas of the state, but changes meant to save the sport will force the WPIAL to revamp its championship format this winter.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws a pass against Mars on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: 10 Armstrong players, coach Frank Fabian earn Greater Allegheny honors
December 16, 2022
WPIAL passing leader Cadin Olsen earned first-team all-conference honors in the Class 4A Greater Allegheny, along with his top two receiving targets.

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Aliquippa lineman Naquan Crowder returns an interception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Aliquippa, coach Mike Warfield lead Parkway honors
Aliquippa players received a dozen first-team spots on the Class 4A Parkway all-conference team, including six claimed by a trio of linemen honored on both sides of the ball.

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McKeesport senior running back Bobbie Boyd streaks down the sideline for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 win over Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: 2-way standouts lead Big Seven postseason honors
McKeesport teammates Bobbie Boyd and Jahmil Perryman were two-way stars for the Tigers this season, but they weren’t the only players in the Class 4A Big Seven pulling double duty.

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North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens competes for Arkansas during the 2021-22 indoor season.
Former North Allegheny star Ayden Owens runner-up for top college track award
December 15, 2022
North Allegheny graduate and Arkansas decathlete Ayden Owens-Delerme was the runner-up for college track and field’s top honor Thursday night.

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Woodland Hills coach Tim Bostard went 30-35 in six seasons with the Wolverines.
Woodland Hills seeks to replace football coach Tim Bostard
After 22 years of coaching Woodland Hills football, first as an assistant and later head coach, Tim Bostard says he often joked that he’d be there until they kicked him out.

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North Allegheny coach Art Walker celebrates with his team after winning the WPIAL Class 6A championship.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: North Allegheny coach Art Walker joins 9 players on 6A team
December 14, 2022
The WPIAL classification for the biggest schools was the league’s smallest overall with only five teams.

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Penn-Trafford’s Daniel Tarabrella celebrates with Carmen Metcalfe after Metcalfe’s touchdown against Franklin Regional in the second quarter Friday, Oct.28, 2022 at Penn-Trafford High School.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Penn-Trafford has 7 spots on Big East 1st team
Penn-Trafford’s size up front was a strength this season and opposing coaches recognized that group favorably when voting for the all-conference team.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger eludes Pine-Richland defenders during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Penn Hills, Pine-Richland lead Class 5A Northeast honors
The playoff race in the Northeast was among the most competitive in the WPIAL, depth that showed in the all-conference team.

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Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman celebrates as the Panthers knock off Gateway, 24-21, on Nov. 4, 2022, at Gateway.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Upper St. Clair places 10 on Allegheny Six team
Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman and Mark Banbury earned first-team honors on both sides of the ball, helping the Panthers claim 10 spots on the Allegheny Six all-conference team.

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Gateway graduate Derrick Davis announced he’s transferring from LSU.
Former Gateway star Derrick Davis announces plans to transfer from LSU
December 12, 2022
Former Gateway standout Derrick Davis, the TribLive HSSN Football Player of the Year in 2019, has announced plans to transfer from LSU.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin kisses the state championship trophy after the Leopards defeated Neumann Goretti in the PIAA Class 3A final on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Belle Vernon sees no ‘racial intent’ by football players in controversial social media video
The Belle Vernon football players involved in a controversial social media video weren’t trying to racially taunt anyone, said the school’s top administrator, but they will face consequences for including a racial slur.

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Westinghouse head coach Donta Green talks with his team as time winds down in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Southern Columbia on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
PIAA wants investigation into signs, video targeting Westinghouse football team
December 10, 2022
The PIAA has directed the Southern Columbia administration to investigate allegations of racist taunts involving signs and a social media video targeting Westinghouse’s football team.

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North Allegheny head coach Jamie Kyriazis offers encouragement during the second round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 6, 2014, in Hershey.
After 7-year hiatus, Jamie Kyriazis returns to coach North Allegheny wrestling team
Timing is important in wrestling.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri fends off Imhotep Charter’s Lamar Muldrow during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Pine-Richland stuns Imhotep Charter in PIAA Class 5A final on Ryan Palmieri’s big night
December 9, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — Pine-Richland quarterbacks sure have a knack for big performances in the biggest games, a history that includes Ben DiNucci, Phil Jurkovec and Cole Spencer.

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Southern Columbia’s Braeden Wisloski eludes Westinghouse’s Troy Brown to score during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Westinghouse’s hopes of state championship dashed by Southern Columbia in Class 2A final
MECHANICSBURG — Westinghouse fairy-tale ending was spoiled by a team that’s very familiar with being cast as the villain in the state football championships.

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Westinghouse’s Taymir O’Neal (7) celebrates with Davon Jones after defeating Steel Valley in their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Westinghouse welcomes underdog role in PIAA finals against 12-time champion Southern Columbia
Westinghouse coach Donta Green gathers his football players after each practice and every game for a session he calls highs and shout-outs.

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Bishop McDevitt’s Tyshawn Russell scores past Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Bishop McDevitt punishes Aliquippa for mistakes in PIAA Class 4A title game
December 8, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — In the state football championships, against a quarterback with major-college talent and an opponent seeking redemption, there’s very little room for error.

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Steelton Highspire’s Bamm Appleby intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for Union’s Dayne Johnke during the PIAA Class A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Union playoff run ends with loss to Steelton-Highspire in PIAA Class A football final
MECHANICSBURG – Union could see the end zone all afternoon, but didn’t get there enough.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes scores a touchdown against Bishop McDevitt in the 2021 PIAA Class 4A state championship game at Hersheypark Stadium.
Defending state champion Aliquippa draws PIAA finals rematch with Bishop McDevitt
Aliquippa started a sophomore at quarterback and a freshman at running back in the state finals last season while opponent Bishop McDevitt had a freshman behind center that day.

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Pine-Richland’s Joey Perry celebrates in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, against Cathedral Prep.
Trib HSSN high school football state rankings for Dec. 7, 2022
The PIAA football playoffs are down to 12 teams as the season approaches the final weekend.

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A PIAA boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court at Giant Center in Hershey.
Plans to expand, strengthen PIAA competitive-balance rule rejected by board
December 7, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — Plans to revamp the competitive-balance formula were rejected Wednesday by the PIAA board, meaning only football and basketball teams are still impacted by the rule — and only those that add too many transfers.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher announced an NIL deal Wednesday.
After PIAA approves NIL policy, Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher quickly adds 1st deal
MECHANICSBURG — The vote was only a couple of hours old when Laurel Highlands senior Rodney Gallagher announced the first NIL deal for a PIAA athlete.

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PIAA concerned with rising ejection rates among boys soccer players, coaches
December 5, 2022
The PIAA was optimistic that the rising number of player and coach ejections would subside statewide after adding a two-game suspension in 2020 for the most egregious unsportsmanlike acts.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo celebrates as time winds down against Steel Valley during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Westinghouse ends City League’s 25-year wait, tops Steel Valley to reach state finals
December 2, 2022
No City League football team has reached the state finals in 25 years, but Westinghouse is headed there next week.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker and Brandon Banks celebrate after defeating Central Valley in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Nov. 25 at Acrisure Stadium.
In storied Aliquippa football history, could these Quips show they’re best with another PIAA title?
December 1, 2022
There’s always room to debate which Aliquippa football team was the best in school history.

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Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten watches his team before a game against NA on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic football coach Terry Totten resigns after 18 seasons, 6 WPIAL titles
When Central Catholic football coach Terry Totten officially met with his players one final time Thursday, he showed them the watch on his wrist and told them how it just keeps ticking.

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Pine-Richland offensive lineman Ryan Cory celebrates as the clock ticks down during the Rams’ victory over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
Pine-Richland draws PIAA semifinal opponent that rarely passes
The football itself is usually an essential piece of practice equipment, but when Pine-Richland’s scout-team offense took the field this week, coach Jon LeDonne had the group run plays without one.

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Union’s Matt Stanley scores after stripping the ball from Bishop Canevin during the WPIAL Class A championship game Nov. 25 at Acrisure Stadium.
Trib HSSN High School Football State Rankings for Nov. 29, 2022
November 29, 2022
The favorites remain alive in the state playoffs.

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Imani Christian transfers eligible for basketball season after PIAA overturns WPIAL decisions
November 28, 2022
Imani Christian transfers Robert Sledge and Kylan Holmes are now eligible to play basketball this winter after the PIAA overturned earlier decisions by the WPIAL.

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Pine-Richland defensive back Bryce O’Brien (left) celebrates with teammate Tenner Cunningham after hauling in an interception to secure the Rams’ 21-14 victory over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Gibsonia.
PIAA announces semifinal sites, times for state football playoffs
November 27, 2022
The Pine-Richland football team has a two-hour bus ride this weekend and Aliquippa has a three-hour trip ahead. That often comes with reaching the state semifinals.

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Westinghouse’s Donte Taylor tackles Farrell’s Brandon Chambers for a loss during their PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
Westinghouse shuts down Farrell, sets up PIAA semifinal showdown with WPIAL champion
November 26, 2022
Westinghouse fans have a variety of chants and cheers, but “go defense go” seemed to have a little extra enthusiasm Saturday afternoon at Cupples Stadium.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes (left) and Arison Walker celebrate with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Central Vallley in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
Aliquippa rolls past Central Valley to capture 19th WPIAL football title
November 25, 2022
Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes landed in the end zone after leaping headfirst over his linemen, but the running back was quickly airborne again when guard Neco Eberhardt celebrated by lifting the sophomore off his feet.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
2022 WPIAL 4A football championship breakdown: Aliquippa vs. Central Valley
WPIAL Class 4A football championship

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores against East Allegheny on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals.
2022 WPIAL 3A football championship breakdown: Belle Vernon vs. Avonworth
November 24, 2022
WPIAL Class 3A football championship

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins celebrates with lineman Greg Smith after defeating Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
2022 WPIAL 2A football championship breakdown: Steel Valley vs. Beaver Falls
WPIAL Class 2A football championship

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Union quarterback Braylon Thomas throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.
2022 WPIAL A football championship breakdown: Bishop Canevin vs. Union
WPIAL Class A football championship

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Central Valley’s Bret FitzSimmons eludes Aliquippa defenders during their game on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Thanksgiving Day practice now annual tradition for WPIAL 4A finalists Central Valley, Aliquippa
How many folks are coming to Thanksgiving dinner? Central Valley’s Bret FitzSimmons expected to eat turkey with around 70 friends.

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Westinghouse senior wide receiver Sincere Smith hauls in a long touchdown pass on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
Trib HSSN High School Football State Rankings for Nov. 22, 2022
November 22, 2022
There’s a new No. 1 team in Class 2A.

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Pine-Richland’s Vasilios Balouris stiff-arms Upper St. Clair’s Ty Lagoni on the way to a second-quarter touchdown during WPIAL Class 5A championship action Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Norwin High School.
PIAA announces quarterfinal sites, times for state football playoffs
November 20, 2022
WPIAL Class 5A champion Pine-Richland will host a state quarterfinal in the PIAA football playoffs this week while 6A winner North Allegheny starts on the road.

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North Allegheny celebrates with the trophy after beating Central Catholic to win the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Norwin High School.
North Allegheny shuts out rival Central Catholic in 2nd half to claim 5th WPIAL football title
November 19, 2022
These teams combined for one touchdown when they met eight weeks ago in a low-scoring, field-position battle between WPIAL rivals who leaned mostly on their defenses.

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North Allegheny head coach Dave DeGregorio (right) talks with Baldwin head coach Jeff Ackermann before their WPIAL Class 6A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny basketball teams adjust to early start to season
Starting basketball season a week earlier than usual probably doesn’t excite WPIAL coaches, but the idea of a less-compact regular season maybe does.

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Aliquippa’s Dorius Moreland (12) and Jayace Williams (33) celebrate a turnover in the first half of the Quips’ 42-7 victory over McKeesport in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Nov. 18, 2022, at Memorial stadium in Canonsburg.
‘We are here:’ Aliquippa gets defensive in WPIAL semifinal victory over McKeesport
November 18, 2022
There was no tropical storm or heavy rain.

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North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd celebrates after intercepting a pass against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
2022 WPIAL 6A football championship breakdown: North Allegheny vs. Central Catholic
WPIAL Class 6A football championship

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri (25) celebrates a second half touchdown with teammates during their semifinal game against Woodland Hills on Nov. 11, 2022, at Gateway.
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WPIAL Class 5A football championship

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner scores past Central Catholic’s Daron Smith during the fourth quarter Sept. 23 at West Mifflin.
Program-boosting coaches lead North Allegheny, Central Catholic into WPIAL Class 6A title game
Whether he deserves some credit or blame depends on your perspective, but Art Walker certainly helped set Central Catholic on a path to become a WPIAL powerhouse.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
5 things to watch in Week 12 of high school football
November 17, 2022
Aliquippa is trying to reach the WPIAL football finals for the 15th year in a row, meaning some of the players on the Quips roster weren’t born the last time the team failed to get there.

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McKeesport senior running back Bobbie Boyd streaks down the sideline for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 win over Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
Aliquippa, McKeesport collide again in WPIAL semifinals after 2OT battle last season
For a year, McKeesport has wondered what might’ve been.

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Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak earned his 300th career win Friday night.
5 things we learned in Week 11: Bill Cherpak joins ‘role model’ George Novak in WPIAL’s 300 club
November 13, 2022
Bill Cherpak could’ve succeeded in whatever career path he pursued, says his former high school football coach, recalling how the Steel Valley graduate already was a bright leader in those days.

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Thomas Jefferson captains Jordan Mayer, John Janusek, Peyton Krueger and Ryan Lawry take the field before facing Latrobe in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
WPIAL announces playoff sites for semifinal football games
November 12, 2022
The stadiums of Canon-McMillan and North Allegheny were chosen by the WPIAL to host two of the eight football semifinal matchups scheduled for Friday.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner carries past Mt. Lebanon’s Beckham Dee during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
‘Down and out’ Central Catholic tops Mt. Lebanon to make 4th straight finals trip
November 11, 2022
Central Catholic wideout Peter Gonzalez missed the first three weeks of the season after knee surgery, but quarterback Payton Wehner kept throwing him passes anyway, while he worked his way back to the field.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner throws a pass under pressure from Seneca Valley’s Lucas Lambert during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic is passing more than ever, yet rainstorm awaits in WPIAL semifinals
There was a new piece of equipment on the field at Central Catholic football practice this week: a five-gallon water jug.

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Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak yells to his offense during the Jaguars’ PIAA Class 4A state semifinal against Lempeter-Strasburg Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
5 things to watch in Week 11: Thomas Jefferson’s Bill Cherpak could be 4th WPIAL coach to 300 wins
Twenty-seven years ago, Thomas Jefferson started the 1995 football season with a 15-0 win over Belle Vernon behind a first-year head coach named Bill Cherpak.

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The next round of the WPIAL football playoffs will be played in the rain Friday night.
WPIAL keeps football games on Friday despite rain; Westinghouse now Thursday
November 9, 2022
Don’t forget to bring an umbrella or two.

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WPIAL issues split decisions on 3 Imani Christian basketball transfers
November 8, 2022
The WPIAL cleared Imani Christian transfer Damon Givner to play his sophomore basketball season with the Saints, but two others were ruled ineligible after separate hearings Tuesday in Green Tree.

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WPIAL approves 2 Serra Catholic transfers after eligibility hearing
November 7, 2022
The WPIAL ruled Serra Catholic transfers Matt McNeal and David Jordan fully eligible after the sophomores attended an eligibility hearing Monday in Green Tree.

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Bethel Park’s Austin Caye (24) carries against Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Conn on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
WPIAL announces sites for Friday’s round of football playoffs
November 5, 2022
The WPIAL chose Canon-McMillan and Gateway to host Class 5A semifinals Friday night.

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Washington’s Nick Blanchette throws a touchdown pass while pressured by Serra Catholic’s Saron Royall on Nov. 4, 2022, at Norwin.
5 things we learned in 1st round of WPIAL football playoffs
The drive home from Burgettstown to Lawrence County takes about an hour, but the Union football team had a slight detour Friday night.

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North Allegheny’s Jackson Pajak finishes the WPIAL Class 3A cross country championship race on Oct. 27.
New cast of characters earns more championship gold for North Allegheny cross country
North Allegheny swept the big-school WPIAL cross country team titles this fall for the fifth year in a row, adding two more banners to a long list of league championships.

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Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman celebrates as the Panthers knock off Gateway, 24-21, on Nov. 4, 2022, at Gateway.
Upper St. Clair stuns Gateway in WPIAL playoffs behind ‘resilient’ QB who’d lost starting job
Upper St. Clair quarterback Julian Dahlem lost his starting job last month and hadn’t attempted a pass in weeks, yet the sophomore threw a season-saving touchdown Friday night.

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Gateway’s Malachi Moore scores against Hempfield during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
5 things to watch in Week 10 of high school football
November 4, 2022
In WPIAL Class 5A, is eight enough?

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Upper St. Clair’s Jamaal Brown carries the ball during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Upper St. Clair.
Upper St. Clair running back with Florida roots hopes to lead Panthers on WPIAL playoff run
An injured ankle had Jamaal Brown sidelined at this time last year, making him an unhappy spectator when Upper St. Clair lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with his players during a 2019 practice.
Butler can participate in District 10 football championship after court denies PIAA request
November 3, 2022
The Butler football team will have a chance to win a District 10 championship thanks to a school district victory Thursday in court.

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WPIAL rules Lincoln Park transfers eligible, requests hearings for Imani newcomers
November 2, 2022
The WPIAL cleared Lincoln Park transfers Maddie Syka and Abbi Jannuzi to play girls basketball in the regular season this winter after holding separate eligibility hearings Tuesday in Green Tree.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL purchases building with plans to relocate league office
November 1, 2022
You might say the WPIAL is transferring offices.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ryan Lawry intercepts a pass to end the game against McKeesport on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.
Week 9 surprises loomed large as WPIAL football committee paired brackets
October 30, 2022
Some folks count sheep.

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Clairton coach Wayne Wade reacts during a 2019 game.
‘It’s unfair to our kids,’ says Clairton coach after WPIAL denies home playoff game
October 29, 2022
Wayne Wade was already envisioning one more Friday night in Clairton under the lights and the festivities that accompany a home football game in the WPIAL playoffs.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu leads the Tigers onto the field before the start of their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Breaking down the 2022 WPIAL football playoffs
Class 6A

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Bishop Canevin’s Xavier Nelson leaps into the end zone to score against OLSH on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
WPIAL announces 2022 football playoff pairings
Defending WPIAL champions Aliquippa and Bishop Canevin were among the six teams that earned No. 1 seeds for the upcoming football playoffs when brackets were revealed online Saturday on TribLive HSSN.

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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler celebrates with coach Daniel Heckert after a pin in the 2022 state girls wrestling tournament on March 13, 2022.
Girls wrestling moves closer to goal of being sanctioned by PIAA
Someday, the state’s best female wrestlers will be crowned PIAA champions at Giant Center in matches held alongside the boys, if advocates for the sport get their wish.

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Steel Valley’s Jesean Wright carries past Sto-Rox’s Drevon Miller-Ross during the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast 2022 football playoff pairings
The WPIAL football playoff brackets will be revealed at 2 p.m. Saturday on TribLive HSSN. In the meantime, here’s a look at what those brackets might look like, according to HSSN’s Don Rebel and Chris Harlan.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Capacity crowd sees Aliquippa defeat rival Central Valley with dominant 3rd quarter
Aliquippa’s DJ Walker saw fans standing rows deep along the fence, heard cheers of a capacity crowd and felt the excitement in the cold, October air.

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Coach Eric Christy and the Butler football team will compete in the District 10 playoffs.
Judge rules Butler football can compete in District 10 playoffs
October 28, 2022
Butler earned its biggest win of the season hours before Friday night’s football game against Latrobe.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz gives Babe Hein five before playing Montour Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Montour High School.
5 things to watch in Week 9 of high school football
Almost everyone has an off year once in a while, yet Mars coach Eric Kasperowicz and North Catholic’s Pat O’Shea have never had a team miss the playoffs in their head coaching careers.

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Central Vallley’s Jackson Tonya tackles Aliquippa’s Nate Lindsey during the second quarter on Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Reigning state champions Aliquippa, Central Valley clash in long-awaited Week 9 finale
October 27, 2022
Two high school communities in Beaver County had Oct. 28 marked on their calendars since late February, when the WPIAL first released this season’s football schedules.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger eludes Pine-Richland defenders during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast 2022 football playoff pairings
October 26, 2022
Bracketology before the playoff field is set is a curious idea.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the 2021 state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Once a critic of PIAA competitive-balance rule, state rep from Beaver County supports overhaul
The PIAA’s plan to remove the transfer criteria from its competitive-balance formula received support Tuesday from a Beaver County legislator who was an outspoken critic of the current rule.

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The Central Valley student section celebrates the Warriors’ first touchdown during the first quarter against Aliquippa on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Football fans lining up for coveted Central Valley vs. Aliquippa tickets
October 25, 2022
The hottest ticket in Beaver County isn’t for a British pop star or an 80’s rock band back on tour.

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Apollo-Ridge running back Nick Curci carried the ball 51 times on Friday.
5 things we learned in Week 8 of high school football
October 23, 2022
There were some dark days this fall for the Mohawk football program, but Saturday wasn’t one of them.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jermell Lindsey celebrates his sack against OLSH on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
OLSH loses star QB in warmups; No. 1 Bishop Canevin clinches 1st conference title since ’11
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s Nehemiah Azeem is one of the WPIAL’s top passers, but 15 minutes before kickoff, the Chargers found out they wouldn’t have him in the lineup.

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Armstrong’s Ian Olsen celebrates with Connor Jacobs (88) and Jaxson Crissman (6) after his pick-six against Mars during their game on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL high school football rankings: Week ending Oct. 23, 2022
October 22, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Elysia Smith hits against Freeport on Aug. 29.
North Allegheny volleyball looks to finish job after unprecedented regular season dominance
North Allegheny’s girls volleyball team has won five consecutive state titles, but this year’s roster accomplished a feat none of those teams ever did. They played 16 matches this fall and didn’t lose single set — winning them all 3-0.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner eludes Seneca Valley’s Logan Armstrong during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic’s young playmakers lead playoff-clinching win over Seneca Valley
Central Catholic could’ve accepted a penalty for an out-of-bound kickoff and taken the ball at the 35-yard line, but instead told Seneca Valley to re-kick.

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Highlands’ Brayden White is tackled by Kiski’s Brennan Moore before he makes it to the end zone on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at Kiski Area High School.
5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football
October 21, 2022
It’s hard to be perfect.

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Seneca Valley quarterback Graham Hancox throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at NexTier Stadium.
Preseason WPIAL favorites Central Catholic, Seneca Valley now fighting for playoff lives
October 20, 2022
Seneca Valley and Central Catholic were picked as preseason favorites to meet in the WPIAL Class 6A championship before anyone had played a game.

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Moon head coach Bill Pfeifer celebrates with goalkeeper Serayah Leech after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
9 WPIAL coaches earn statewide award from PIAA
October 18, 2022
Nine WPIAL coaches were name state coaches of the year by the PIAA for the 2021-22 school year.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL board increases to 21 seats with diversity advisory council addition
The WPIAL board has expanded to 21 members with the addition of a seat for a representative from the WPIAL Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council.

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If proposed changes to the PIAA’s competitive-balance rule had been in place last season, successful programs such as the Montour baseball team would have been forced to move up in classification, regardless of the number of transfers on the roster.
PIAA’s reps from WPIAL split on future of competitive-balance rule
October 17, 2022
The WPIAL has three seats on the PIAA board, and its representatives usually vote together, but that didn’t happen when asked about making major changes to the state’s competitive-balance rule.

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The Central Catholic student section cheers on its team during a game last season.
5 things we learned in Week 7: Central Catholic blocked FG touchdown scorer: ‘I heard no whistle’
October 15, 2022
As a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman, Anthony Shovlin says he’d accepted the fact that scoring touchdowns wasn’t in his future, but that changed dramatically Friday night.

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Ryan Palmieri (25) and his Pine-Richland teammates moved up a spot in the WPIAL Class 5A rankings.
TribLive HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Oct. 16, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu (8) celebrates with Daniel Sellers (47) after defeating Central Catholic, 7-3, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny athletic director concerned by changing definition of amateurism
A groundbreaking name, image and likeness policy proposed by the PIAA cleared a second hurdle this month, meaning Pennsylvania high school athletes soon could be eligible to make money from NIL deals this winter.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws a pass under pressure from Mars’ Connor Hartle during their game on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen capitalizes on Mars’ mistakes in high-scoring Greater Allegheny win
Giving Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen short fields, time to pass and extra possessions is a dangerous combination.

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McKeesport senior Bobbie Boyd (right) returns an interception during the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 victory over Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
5 things to watch in Week 7 of high school football
October 14, 2022
Football coaches will always say Week 7 isn’t the time for nonconference games, since the playoffs are less than a month away and nobody wants to get hurt now in a “meaningless” game.

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OLSH head coachDonnie Millitzer works with his team during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Youthtowne.
PIAA rule keeps OLSH football team idle Friday night after Avella forfeits
October 13, 2022
Avella doesn’t have enough healthy players available for this week’s football game against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, so the Eagles will forfeit the Class A Black Hills Conference contest scheduled for Friday night.

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The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia Catholic League teams no longer block WPIAL’s path to PIAA basketball finals
The marquee matchup of state championship weekend became an all-Philadelphia Catholic League affair when Roman Catholic and Archbishop Wood met in Hershey last winter for the Class 6A boys basketball final.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Narrow vote keeps alive potential overhaul of PIAA competitive-balance rule
October 12, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — The PIAA competitive-balance rule was originally created to measure postseason success and transfers, but that formula could change significantly this winter.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin carries against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
NIL policy for Pa. high school athletes clears 2nd hurdle, could be finalized in December
October 11, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — One of Western Pennsylvania’s largest hospital networks had to revamp an advertising campaign that featured WPIAL athletes after the PIAA pointed out the ads violated its rules.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu celebrates with teammates last month.
5 things we learned in Week 6: Some teams clinching already
October 8, 2022
It’s too early to start mapping playoff scenarios for most WPIAL football teams, but a select few already have won their way in.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Keilly Rush scores a touchdown past Mt. Pleasant’s Lucas Nicotera on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
Trib HSSN football rankings for Oct. 9, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Nathan Spak (23) celebrates his goal with Matt Irvin during the 2021 PIHL Class 3A Penguins Cup final against Mt. Lebanon at RMU Island Sports Center.
New faces take center ice for perennially powerful North Allegheny hockey program
North Allegheny always had a few familiar names among its top six forwards in recent years, experienced scorers who were there for multiple seasons. Yet, the Tigers are entering a winter of change.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras celebrates his first touchdown with Aidan Currie during their game against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Bethel Park’s offense plays keep away in win over No. 1 Upper St. Clair
October 7, 2022
“The most average line you’ve ever seen.”

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Washington quarterback Davoun Fuse throws a pass on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Washington.
5 things to watch in Week 6 of high school football
This could be a make-or-break week for some teams with conference title hopes.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jamaal Brown works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Upper St. Clair.
Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair renew rivalry ranked 1st, 2nd in WPIAL Class 5A
October 6, 2022
Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair have combined for a few dramatic regular-season finales in recent years, but WPIAL schedule makers decided there’s no need to wait.

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Beaver’s Liam Gibson works out on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Beaver.
1st-time winners Beaver, Ligonier Valley among WPIAL Sportsmanship Award recipients
October 5, 2022
First-time winners Beaver and Ligonier Valley were among five schools named Wednesday as recipients of the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Award.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher is tackled by Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux on Sept. 2.
5 things we learned in Week 5: Rodney Gallagher makes history again
October 1, 2022
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher was 0-3 against conference foe Thomas Jefferson, and his Mustangs were outscored 160-3 in the first three years of his high school football career.

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Steel Valley remained on top of the Trib HSSN WPIAL Class 2A rankings.
TribLive HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Oct. 2, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer (left) celebrates with teammates after breaking up a pass in the end zone in the final minute against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny embraces being viewed as underdog, now leads Class 6A
Saying the biggest high school in Western Pennsylvania was overlooked might seem unlikely, but when football season started, North Allegheny’s players didn’t hear much talk about themselves.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch throws a touchdown pass during the first quarter against Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
Brad Birch leads Gateway to rout of previously unbeaten Hempfield
September 30, 2022
Would anyone have been surprised if Gateway quarterback Brad Birch crashed the halftime homecoming ceremony, took the blue-and-white balloons and named himself Hempfield’s king?

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Franklin Regional head coach Lance Getsy talks with his team during a preseason practice.
5 things to watch in Week 5 of high school football
In an ultra-competitive Class 5A, Bethel Park, Hempfield and Upper St. Clair are the only WPIAL teams that haven’t lost to a 5A opponent yet this season — a list that keeps getting shorter.

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WPIAL rules East Allegheny transfer eligible for regular-season football but not playoffs
September 27, 2022
East Allegheny junior Amir Rollins, a transfer from Penn Hills, is allowed to play football in the regular season, but he remains ineligible for the playoffs, the WPIAL ruled Tuesday.

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Mapletown players run after practice on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Mapletown.
5 things we learned in Week 4: WPIAL upstarts winning over their doubters
September 24, 2022
The last time Mapletown started a season 5-0, longtime Maples coach George Messich was in middle school and the team’s quarterback was an older boy who lived next door.

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North Allegheny and quarterback Logan Kushner remained No. 1 in Class 6A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 25, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Jack Bertram finishes third in the Class AAA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Talented sophomores pacing defending PIAA champion North Allegheny cross country teams
At this time of year, North Allegheny’s cross country team doesn’t talk much about winning championships, even if the boys and girls are both defending state champs.

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North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer (6) celebrates with Kevin O’Donnell after breaking up a pass in the end zone on fourth down in the final minute against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny tops Central Catholic in low-scoring defensive battle
September 23, 2022
North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer was upset with himself after missing a tackle on a fourth-quarter hitch route that put Central Catholic in scoring position for a late touchdown.

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West Allegheny head coach Dave Schoppe works with his team on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in North Fayette.
5 things to watch in Week 4 of high school football
It wasn’t too long ago that West Allegheny was the team to beat in the Parkway Conference, back before the Indians made the jump to 5A.

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Westinghouse’s Sincere Smith catches a touchdown pass past Allderdice’s Hausan Marshall during their game on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
Westinghouse cements itself as City League favorite with 38-7 win over Allderdice
Keyshawn Morsillo threw three touchdowns Thursday night and helped Westinghouse solidified itself as the team to beat in the City League with a 38-7 victory over Allderdice at Cupples Stadium.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner throws a pass during a preseason practice.
Central Catholic, North Allegheny battle for edge in WPIAL’s unpredictable Class 6A
September 22, 2022
After watching the first few weeks, Central Catholic coach Terry Totten suggests a new plan for finding the best team in 6A.

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The student section cheers on Peters Township at the start of Friday’s game against South Fayette.
WPIAL hopes ticket trend continues after topping $2 million in revenue last school year
September 19, 2022
The WPIAL sold more than $2 million in tickets last school year, a jump from recent pre-pandemic days that has the league in solid financial shape.

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner (left) works out with Khyrin Boyd during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 17, 2022
September 17, 2022
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Penn-Trafford’s James Birdsong (11) celebrates with teammates after an interception late in the fourth quarter against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
5 things we learned in Week 3 of high school football
Pick a word: Unpredictable? Competitive? Chaotic?

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North Allegheny’s Abigail Stager, Allison Burns and Sophia Palermo celebrate with Lucia Wells after a Wells goal against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
Despite revamped roster, North Allegheny girls soccer again off to strong start
The North Allegheny girls soccer team had six starting spots open this season, more than half of the lineup, but what the Tigers also had was depth.

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Peters Twp.’s Reston Lehman returns a fumble for a touchdown during the third quarter against South Fayette on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Peters.
Peters Township overcomes 5 turnovers to defeat South Fayette in Allegheny Six opener
September 16, 2022
Peters Township freshman Reston Lehman scored his first two career touchdowns a minute apart Friday night, one to tie and one to take the lead as the Indians defeated South Fayette, 42-28, in an Allegheny Six opener filled with unpredictable moments.

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Peters Twp. quarterback Chris Cibrone throws a pass on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Peters.
1st-year QBs lead Peters Township, South Fayette into Allegheny Six opener
T.J. Plack handed the key for Peters Township’s offense to a first-year starting quarterback and told him to drive.

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Clairton’s Devon Dean-Coles looks on during practice.
5 things to watch in Week 3 of high school football
Ready or not, it’s conference time.

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi watches the PIAA Class 2A football state championship game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA puts NIL debate on hold until October
September 14, 2022
A groundbreaking Name, Image and Likeness policy proposed by the PIAA must pass three separate votes to take effect, but that second vote won’t happen this week as initially thought.

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Ellwood City head coach Dan Bradley works with his team on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Ellwood City.
Five things we learned in Week 2: WPIAL’s longest losing streak is over
September 10, 2022
Team captains Aaron Hobel and Brighton Mariacher are fourth-year players on Ellwood City’s football team, yet their senior class never had celebrated a win.

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McKeesport’s Bobby Boyd tries to run out of a Belle Vernon tackle Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Class 4A No. 2 McKeesport defeated Class 3A No. 1 Belle Vernon.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 10, 2022
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North Allegheny head boys soccer coach Manuel Montero on the sideline during a game against Butler Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
New coach overhauls boys soccer program at ‘University of North Allegheny’
As a soccer coach who’d reached the college ranks, Manuel Montero wasn’t interested in coaching high school soccer again, but North Allegheny’s unofficial nickname intrigued him.

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Penn Hills’ Amir Key scores past Pine-Richland’s Luke Rudolph during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
Penn Hills’ Amir Key scores 3 times in victory over Pine-Richland and his former coach
September 9, 2022
Jon LeDonne spent five seasons building Penn Hills into a big-play dynamo and saw that explosive energy work against his new team Friday night.

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OLSH quarterback Nehemiah Azeem throws a pass during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Youthtowne.
What to watch in Week 2: WPIAL’s top passing attack has showdown with Clairton
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Nehemiah Azeem has already thrown for almost 700 yards and ranks as the top passer in the WPIAL, but his coach knows what skeptics are probably saying.

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Pine-Richland head coach Jon LeDonne watches his team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Pine.
Conference opener takes Pine-Richland coach Jon LeDonne back to Penn Hills
September 7, 2022
Yuhas-McGinley Stadium holds fond memories for Jon LeDonne, but what kind of welcome will he receive there Friday night when he’s wearing green instead of the home team’s red and gold?

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Shady Side Acdemy’s Peter Kramer scores over Laurel defenders during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
Hampton transfer Peter Kramer ineligible for basketball playoffs
September 6, 2022
Hampton transfer Peter Kramer, a standout shooting guard who won a WPIAL basketball title at Shady Side Academy, is ineligible for the playoffs this winter.

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Deer Lakes Aiden Fletcher collides with Burrellճ Chase Fenner and Christian Brancato in the first half at Burrell Stadium Friday Sept 3, 2022.
What we learned in Week 1: New WPIAL approach leads to competitive schedule
September 3, 2022
This was the most competitive Week 1 in recent WPIAL history, but that probably wasn’t a coincidence.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates against Laurel Highlands on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 4, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Carissa Treser spikes against Freeport during a volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Schedule toughens for 5-time defending PIAA champion North Allegheny girls volleyball team
Section 1 is smaller this season, so the North Allegheny girls volleyball team had to fill some open dates on its schedule.

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins celebrates with lineman Greg Smith after defeating Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins follows big blockers in run-heavy win over Sto-Rox
Cruce Brookins predicts that he and Steel Valley teammate Greg Smith could be crashing into one another on a college field in a year or two.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin takes part in a workout Aug. 8, 2022, at Belle Vernon.
What to watch in Week 1: Laurel Highlands vs. Belle Vernon matches 2 top college recruits
September 2, 2022
Don’t be surprised if a few college coaches make an appearance at Belle Vernon’s football stadium.

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Sto-Rox’s Zay Davis carries past Avonworth’s Brandon Biagiarelli during their game on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
Week 1 clash between Sto-Rox, Steel Valley comes 10 months later than they’d hoped
September 1, 2022
Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins watched maybe a few minutes of last year’s WPIAL Class 2A final. Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins couldn’t stomach watching any.

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Mohawk cancels Week 1 football game, Quaker Valley seeks new opponent
August 29, 2022
Mohawk canceled its football game for the second week in a row as authorities investigate hazing allegations involving the team.

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Matt Bonislawski won his head coaching debut with Highlands on Friday.
Five things we learned from Week Zero of WPIAL football
August 27, 2022
When the Woodland Hills defense made a valiant goal-line stand in the fourth quarter Saturday, the result was a win for the Wolverines but also a much-needed win for WPIAL football.

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Gateway’s Roberson Louis-Jeune and Matthew Brooks bring down Mt. Lebanon’s Nathan Sala on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Monroeville. The Gators, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, won its opener.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Aug. 28, 2022
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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch pitches the ball under pressure against Mt. Lebanon on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Monroeville.
Brad Birch perseveres in pressure-packed opener, lifting Gateway past Mt. Lebanon
Fourth-and-20 is a pressure situation no quarterback wants, but Brad Birch knew where the ball needed to go.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
August 26, 2022
Six for six.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
August 25, 2022
Six for six.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
Six for six.

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Kiski Area varsity football players warm up during practice at the stadium Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
Six for six.

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Upper St. Clair kicker Bennett Henderson watches his first of two field goals against Moon on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the specialists
August 24, 2022
A remarkable WPIAL record is about to turn 20.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with his new team on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Mars Athletic Complex .
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson works out on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Center.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 23, 2022
Safety is often the last line of defense, but having a good one can be a weapon for any team.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne Jr. scores during practice Aug. 11 in Collier.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the cornerbacks
Western Pennsylvania football was always known for its quarterbacks and linemen, but that’s changed in recent decades.

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Clairton quarterback Capone Jones looks for a receiver during practice.
WPIAL title contender Clairton somehow flying under radar
August 22, 2022
Remember Clairton?

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey celebrates his pick-six during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 49, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson is certainly one of the best linebackers in Western Pennsylvania. He’s one of the best in the country. But the Penn State recruit is still recovering from knee surgery, so there’s a good chance he won’t play his senior year.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer celebrates a tackle for loss against Hampton on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton..
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 21, 2022
The athletes who play defensive line are maybe the most varied of any group in high school football.

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Gateway’s Brad Birch looks to throw during a preseason practice last year.
WPIAL Class 5A football breakdown: Gateway among teams trying to squeeze into tight playoff field
August 20, 2022
Earning a WPIAL playoff spot in Class 5A was never easy, but the task becomes a little harder this year.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Kade Capristo works out with linemates during practice on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, in Mt. Lebanon.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the offensive line
August 19, 2022
High school football teams deploy a variety of offensive schemes, from no-huddle spreads to the wing-T.

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Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner works out on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Ohio Twp.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 18, 2022
The storied history of WPIAL football often focuses on its legendary quarterbacks and, more recently, a string of standout defensive backs.

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Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez catches a pass before the Vikings game against North Allegheny on Sept. 24, 2021, in McCandless.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 17, 2022
How’s this for a good quarterback-receiver combination?

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 16, 2022
Take a look at the WPIAL rushing leaders from last season and you’ll notice four state champions.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws during the Willie Thrower quarterbacks camp Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Valley High School.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
The race for the 2021 WPIAL passing title was a three-way battle between Gateway’s Brad Birch, Beaver Falls’ Jaren Brickner and Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen.

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Mt. Lebanon football players carry the WPIAL trophy around Norwin’s stadium after their win in the WPIAL Class 6A final Nov. 20, 2021.
WPIAL reveals fall championship sites: football finals at Acrisure Stadium, Norwin
August 15, 2022
The WPIAL has chosen Norwin to host the Class 5A and 6A football finals, the two championship games that won’t be played at Acrisure Stadium this year.

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Mars’ Jack Hull works out on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Adams.
Mars slowly but surely acclimating to coach Eric Kasperowicz’s system
August 14, 2022
A new coach, a new quarterback and a new playbook.

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Central Valley’s Brett FitzSimmons takes a hand-off from Steve Rutherford during practice on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Center.
With 3rd straight WPIAL title secured, Central Valley’s goals don’t change
August 13, 2022
The Heinz Field clock was ticking down last fall on Central Valley’s third consecutive WPIAL title when coach Mark Lyons was approached by longtime assistant Shawn McCreary.

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Aliquippa’s Marques Council Jr. works out on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Aliquippa.
Expectations soar as defending state champ Aliquippa brings back loaded roster
After winning WPIAL and state championships, expectations couldn’t be any higher for an Aliquippa football team that brings almost everyone back.

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Woodland Hills lineman Kellen McDonough works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at the Wolvarena.
Woodland Hills still running with the big dogs in Class 5A
August 12, 2022
Woodland Hills could’ve dropped down two classifications this season because of a statewide change in how enrollment numbers are counted, but the Wolverines declined.

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Gateway’s offensive lineman Matt Brooks leads teammates in a huddle during team practice on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at Gateway Senior High School.
Bolstered by improved offensive line, Gateway builds confidence for run at WPIAL title
August 11, 2022
Gateway’s offensive line was pushed around at times last season by some of the best defensive fronts in the WPIAL, but the Gators say they’re ready to bite back.

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South Fayette’s Nate Deanes carries the ball during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in South Fayette.
South Fayette looks to turn hard-luck losses into conference wins
August 10, 2022
There was a zero in the wins column, but South Fayette’s conference record didn’t tell the entire story.

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Peters Township receiver Brendan McCullough catches a pass on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Peters.
Short on seniors, Peters Township looks for next wave to take over
Senior night promises to be a short affair at Peters Township.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with Rafael Bartley on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Mars Athletic Complex .
New football coach Eric Kasperowicz wants to repeat Pine-Richland success at Mars
August 8, 2022
Last names were written on strips of tape and stuck to the forehead of Mars football helmets, a tool to help new coach Eric Kasperowicz and his assistants learn the names a little quicker.

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Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley High School
Countdown to kickoff 2022: Cumberland Valley out to show it’s the right site (at the right price) for PIAA finals
August 4, 2022
When the PIAA awarded the state football championships to Cumberland Valley, the sudden exit from Hersheypark Stadium caught most by surprise.

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WPIAL rules Thomas Jefferson QB ineligible, approves 2 South Fayette transfers
August 1, 2022
Thomas Jefferson quarterback Luke Kosko, a transfer from Seton LaSalle, was ruled ineligible for the upcoming football season after a hearing Monday with the WPIAL board.

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Former WPIAL director organizes P3R youth track event at RMU Island Sports Center
Put away the stopwatches.

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Seneca Valley’s Chris D’Appolonia has committed to Toledo.
Summer camp success has Seneca Valley linebacker Chris D’Appolonia committed to ‘dream school’
July 31, 2022
A broken hand sidelined Seneca Valley linebacker Chris D’Appolonia for a couple of weeks last season and limited his game film, so he was determined this summer to show recruiters his full potential.

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Brashear’s Kameron Cheatom plays against Allderdice on Oct. 21, 2021, at Cupples Stadium.
As Brashear’s other D1 linebacker, Kameron Cheatom ready to make a name for himself
July 28, 2022
On many other football teams, Kameron Cheatom would be the most talked about player on the roster. At Brashear, that title rightfully belongs to teammate Ta’Mere Robinson, the top-ranked recruit in Pennsylvania.

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Aliquippa’s Antonyo “Sunny” Anderson watches from the sideline during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL approves extra year of eligibility for Aliquippa athlete injured in shooting
July 25, 2022
The WPIAL approved an extra year of eligibility for Aliquippa’s Antonyo “Sunny” Anderson, a multi-sport athlete who was seriously injured in a shooting 14 months ago.

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Ayden Owens-Delerme competes in the decathlon javelin throw at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
Former North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens-Delerme finishes 4th at World Championships
Since his days running track at North Allegheny, Ayden Owens-Delerme has talked about winning world titles and Olympic medals. This weekend, the NCAA champion decathlete made his World Championships debut and proved those dreams aren’t too far off.

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WPIAL president Scott Seltzer at the 2022 PIAA basketball state championships in Hershey.
Q&A with new WPIAL executive director Scott Seltzer
July 24, 2022
Scott Seltzer had decided his time with the WPIAL was ending this summer after 13 years on the board and six as board president.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL administrator: High school NIL deals could lead to manipulation
July 19, 2022
Name, Image and Likeness deals could improve the lives of some high school athletes, but there’s also real concern about manipulation by misguided adults, says the WPIAL’s top administrator.

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Queens University pitcher Tanner Jacobson, an Allderdice graduate, was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals draft former Allderdice pitcher Tanner Jacobson in 10th round
Allderdice graduate Tanner Jacobson on Monday became the first player in the short history of Queens University baseball to be picked in the MLB Draft.

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Cam Weston pitches for Michigan against Texas Tech on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
Baltimore Orioles draft former Canon-McMillan pitcher Cameron Weston
July 18, 2022
Former Canon-McMillan star Cameron Weston, who helped win WPIAL and PIAA baseball titles in 2018, was selected Monday in the eighth round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young is the sixth WPIAL player in eight years picked in the first round of the MLB Draft.
Seattle Mariners select North Allegheny’s Cole Young in 1st round of MLB Draft
July 17, 2022
Cole Young was introduced to the baseball world as an MLB Pitch, Hit & Run winner in 2014, hinting then that the 10-year-old from Franklin Park might have a bright future ahead.

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North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens-Delerme, an NCAA champion decathlete, will compete in the World Athletics Championships on July 23-24 in Eugene, Ore.
Amazing year for North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens-Delerme continues at World Championships
July 16, 2022
Ayden Owens-Delerme appears nowadays on TV commercials in Arkansas for a local hospital system, but the recent NCAA decathlon champion is ready to take his track talents global.

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The Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team poses for a photo on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Kennywood.
TribLive HSSN Preseason Football All-Stars gather, excited for fresh faces
July 15, 2022
Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen is a three-year starter, but like many football players across the WPIAL, the senior has a little sense of unfamiliarity heading into the fall.

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Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson committed to Penn State on Friday at Willie Stargell Field in Homewood.
Brashear linebacker Ta’Mere Robinson chooses Penn State after Nittany Lions ‘stuck with me’
While on his official visit to Penn State, Ta’Mere Robinson had dinner with other recruits and each was asked to stand and introduce himself. Caught up in the moment, the Brashear senior admits he nearly got carried away.

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The PIAA may expand its competitive-balance rule to include all team sports.
PIAA may strengthen competitive-balance rule by adding all team sports, removing transfers
July 14, 2022
The PIAA appears ready to rewrite its competitive-balance rule to include all team sports while also making it easier to force successful teams into a higher classification.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young is projected to go in the first round of the MLB Draft.
MLB Draft ‘starting to feel real’ for North Allegheny’s Cole Young
Rather than fly to Los Angeles, Cole Young will spend Sunday closer to home, watching the MLB Draft on television, maybe from his house in Franklin Park. The recent North Allegheny graduate was invited to attend draft festivities on the West Coast, but the likely first-round pick wasn’t lured by the bright lights.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hoists the state championship trophy with his Warriors teammates after defeating Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA moves closer to allowing NIL deals for high school athletes
July 13, 2022
Local TV commercials might feature high school football players or a popular basketball star could sell ads on social media.

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Central Valley coach Mark Lyons celebrates with his team while receiving the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North C atholic in Class 3A final on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
No more ‘Highway to Heinz,’ but WPIAL plans to hold 4 football finals at Acrisure Stadium
July 11, 2022
The WPIAL football playoffs no longer can be called the “Highway to Heinz,” but the league plans to use the newly named North Shore stadium again this fall for some of its high school football championships.

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North Allegheny head coach Dan Schall gives instructions next to his son, Caleb, during their game against Seneca Valley on April 22.
16-time WPIAL champion boys volleyball coach Dan Schall steps down at North Allegheny
July 9, 2022
Walking away from a defending state champion can be a tough call for a coach, but North Allegheny’s Dan Schall found it “maybe a bit easier” after winning four in a row the way his Tigers just did.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes scores his second touchdown of the fourth quarter past Bishop McDevitt’s Ryan Russo during the PIAA Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes
July 5, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger looks to throw during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at Penn Hills High School.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger
July 4, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan celebrates after the Foxes scored late in the fourth quarter against Central Catholic on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Alumni Hall in Oakland.
Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan named 2021-22 Trib HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year
As Eli Yofan celebrated on the 18th green at Cedarbrook Golf Course last fall, a thought unrelated to golf came into his head. He’d just shot a 1-under par round, leading Fox Chapel to a WPIAL team title, but his mind was already on winter.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN top storylines from the 2021-22 school year
July 2, 2022
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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws during 7 on 7 completion on July 7, 2021 at Freeport Area High School.
Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen commits to Ivy League school
July 1, 2022
Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen, a dual-threat quarterback and one of the WPIAL’s top passers, committed Friday to Penn.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown during the PIAA Class 4A championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List delivers against Elizabeth-Forward during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
Beaver’s Payton List, Mt. Lebanon’s Deirdre Flaherty top all-state softball awards
June 30, 2022
Mt. Lebanon catcher Deirdre Flaherty and Beaver pitcher Payton List topped the list of players earning all-state honors Thursday from the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher talks with Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock after the coin toss before a game last season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher
June 29, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski is mobbed by teammates after the final out in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Selinsgrove on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Penn State.
2022 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year: Bethel Park’s Evan Holewinski
June 27, 2022
2022 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year

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Neshannock pitcher Addyson Frye delivers against Frazier during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
2022 TribLive HSSN Softball All-Stars
June 26, 2022
In WPIAL softball, there’s no requirement for underclassmen to wait their turn.

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Peters Twp.’s Sam Miller celebrates as he scores the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Penn-Trafford in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
2022 TribLive HSSN Baseball All-Stars
This was a good year around the WPIAL for dominant pitchers and slick-fielding shortstops.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu smiles during practice in McCandless.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu
June 24, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski is mobbed by teammates after the final out in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Selinsgrove on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Penn State.
Evan Holewinski pitches 3-hitter, Bethel Park wins back-to-back PIAA titles
June 17, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK — Rarely does a WPIAL baseball team have a chance to win consecutive state titles, so Bethel Park tried to remember and repeat everything that worked a year ago.

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Montour seniors Mason Sike and Ryan Gallagher accept the state championship trophy after defeating Holy Ghost, 10-9, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Penn State.
7th-inning rally lifts Montour baseball to 1st state championship
June 16, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK — This was a scene Montour senior Ryan Gallagher and his teammates had thought about for years, one where they’re together at Penn State celebrating a state baseball championship on the infield grass.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings and North Catholic’s Matt Gregor watch a shot during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against North Catholic on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Cranberry.
WPIAL notebook: Class 4A boys basketball crowded with champions after realignment
June 13, 2022
Lincoln Park and North Catholic have met in the WPIAL boys basketball finals four times in the past six seasons, but they won’t wait that long to face one another again.

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The Bishop Canevin boys basketball team celebrates with the WPIAL Class A championship trophy in March.
WPIAL approves new basketball sections without addressing public-private concerns
The WPIAL considered some radical ideas such as splitting public and private school basketball teams into separate sections, but ultimately decided that’s a debate for another day.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer scores past Gateway’s Carsen Engleka during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer commits to Wisconsin
About two months after restarting his recruiting process, Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer committed Sunday to Wisconsin.

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North Allegheny’s Caleb Schall listens to instructions from his dad, coach Dan Schall, against Seneca Valley in April.
Schalls share final memorable season with North Allegheny boys volleyball
June 11, 2022
Caleb Schall comes from a family where his parents and two uncles played college volleyball, his grandfather won state volleyball titles as a high school coach and his dad now leads powerhouse North Allegheny.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Dorn finishes a kill shot past Seneca Valley’s Aidan Uher in the WPIAL Class 3A boys championship May 25.
North Allegheny boys volleyball draws PIAA championship rematch with Central Dauphin
June 10, 2022
Some things seem to never change.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski (15) is mobbed by teammates after defeating West Allegheny in their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday at W&J.
Bethel Park eliminates West Allegheny, keeps alive hopes for PIAA championship repeat
June 9, 2022
Bethel Park has seen this story before: The baseball team comes up short in the WPIAL playoffs only to bounce back stronger in the state tournament behind a talented pitcher recruited to Kent State.

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Cumberland Valley’s Logan Sauve scores on a wild pitch past Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game on Monday at West Mifflin.
Don’t blame ‘WPIAL hangover’ for this PIAA 1st-round loss, says Mt. Lebanon coach
June 6, 2022
The Mt. Lebanon baseball team was on the practice field for a rare early-morning, split-squad scrimmage Saturday, just a few days after winning the WPIAL title. The Blue Devils had six days to get ready for their state playoff opener and tried to use them to their fullest.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay carries the WPIAL championship trophy through the handshake line after the Class 2A final against Frazier on Friday at Cal (Pa.).
Neshannock tops Frazier in WPIAL championship clash of undefeated 2A teams
June 3, 2022
Whenever a Neshannock batter stepped into the Lilley Field batter’s box Friday, a peculiar shout sometimes came from the dugout: Smile.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List celebrates a strikeout with Kayla Cornell during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against Freeport on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Mars.
WPIAL postpones Thursday softball championship games to Friday
June 2, 2022
The WPIAL took a look at the weather forecast and decided to postpone its three softball finals from Thursday to Friday.

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West Allegheny’s Anthony Raineri celebrates after driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning against Peters Twp. during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
West Allegheny outlasts Peters Township to win school’s 5th WPIAL championship
June 1, 2022
Not much has come easy this season for West Allegheny, a team that battled through injuries and plenty of inconvenience to reach Wild Things Park.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher Jack Smith hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Upper St. Clair, 2-1, in the Class 6A final on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
Mt. Lebanon squeezes past Upper St. Clair for 1st WPIAL title since 2006
May 31, 2022
Mt. Lebanon waited 16 years for this celebration, so another hour and a half didn’t matter.

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New Castle’s Maria Owens won the long jump at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
New Castle’s Maria Owens turns triple jump frustration into PIAA long jump gold
May 29, 2022
SHIPPENSBURG — New Castle senior Maria Owens was upset with herself a day earlier after a 17th-place finish in the triple jump, disappointed largely by a foul on a big jump.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran flashes as three with her right hand after winning the PIAA 3A girls 800m. She was the first to win the 800m, 1600m and the 3200m runs at the state track meet Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran wins unprecedented ‘triple’ at PIAA championships, celebrates team title alone
May 28, 2022
Moon Area’s Mia Cochran admits the competitor in her likes a challenge, but she hasn’t found many on the track recently.

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Eden Christian’s Sean Atkins won the PIAA Class 2A 3,200-meter run Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
WPIAL runners sweep 3,200-meter races at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Eden Christian’s Sean Aiken attempted the 3,200 meters for the first time a couple of months ago, and he really didn’t like running nearly two miles.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy is shoulder to shoulder with Schuylkill Valley’s Luke Seymour after the first lap of the 800 meters at the PIAA Class 2A championship.
Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy celebrates another come-from-behind win at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Carson McCoy apologized after his latest come-from-behind victory, knowing he’d just ruthlessly dashed the hopes of the same opponent for the third time.

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Shenango’s Emma Callahan ties the PIAA Class 2A championship record with a winning throw in the girls shot put Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Shenango thrower Emma Callahan ties shot put record at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — The target distance on Shenango thrower Emma Callahan’s mind was 50 feet, 10¾ inches, which was the state championship record for girls shot put in Class 2A.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran runs away from the competition and defends her 1,600-meter title at the PIAA Class 3A championship Friday, May 27, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran wins 1,600 meters, wants 2 more golds at busy PIAA championship
May 27, 2022
SHIPPENSBURG — After defending her state 1,600-meter title Friday morning, Moon’s Mia Cochran revealed the top item on her afternoon agenda.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy defends his Class 2A state title in the 1,600 meters at the PIAA track championship Friday, May 27, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy defends 1,600-meter title at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Carson McCoy maybe isn’t a front runner, yet the Deer Lakes senior usually crosses the finish line first.

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Shenango’s Emma Callahan swept the discus and shot put at the WPIAL Class 2A championships May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
As Emma Callahan chases shot put records, spotlight shines on Shenango’s success
May 26, 2022
From Emma Callahan’s view, she’d just set a WPIAL championship record, but the Shenango shot putter also knew it’s hard to see from the circle.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher commits to play football at West Virginia
May 25, 2022
Keeping his family close was important to Rodney Gallagher, so he did what countless other Western Pennsylvania football recruits have done and committed to his hometown team.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Bethel Park hires former WPIAL basketball star Dante Calabria as boys coach
Dante Calabria, a former WPIAL basketball star who won a national championship at North Carolina, was hired Tuesday as boys coach at Bethel Park.

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No. 1 Mt. Lebanon breaks ‘curse’ with quarterfinal win over Seneca Valley
May 23, 2022
A seventh-inning curveball glanced off Mt. Lebanon catcher Paul Connolly’s mitt and rolled away, causing a moment of panic since there was a runner on third and a one-run lead.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Rudolph brings it home for the win in the boys Class 3A 400-meter relay during the WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
Pine-Richland relay sprints to school record, WPIAL gold medal
May 22, 2022
Luke Rudolph insisted he’s not as fast as the relay runner he replaced, but the results say otherwise.

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North Catholic’s Trevor Paschall wins the boys 100-meter dash during WPIAL Class 2A track and field championship Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
North Catholic sprinter Trevor Paschall’s season in question after WPIAL championship injury
May 19, 2022
North Catholic’s Trevor Paschall is usually sprinting around the WPIAL track championships faster than most anybody, but Wednesday he accepted help from a teammate just to walk.

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Moon Area’s Mia Cochran wins the girls 1,600 meters during WPIAL Class 3A track and field championship Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Slippery Rock University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran adding to track legacy by winning 3 WPIAL individual titles
May 18, 2022
What more could Mia Cochran have to prove?

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler passes the baton to sister Robin Kucler in the girls 3,200-meter relay during the WPIAL Class 3A team track and field championships Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
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